# Verbal Reasoning - Arithmetic Reasoning - Discussion

### Discussion :: Arithmetic Reasoning - Section 1 (Q.No.20)

20.

Mac has £ 3 more than Ken, but then Ken wins on the horses and trebles his money, so that he now has £ 2 more than the original amount of money that the two boys had between them. How much money did Mac and Ken have between them before Ken's win ?

 [A]. £ 9 [B]. £ 11 [C]. £ 13 [D]. £ 15

Explanation:

Let money with Ken = x. Then, money with Mac = x + £ 3.

Now, 3x = (x + x + £ 3) + £ 2 x = £ 5.

Therefore Total money with Mac and Ken = 2x + £ 3 = £ 13.

 Ritika said: (Apr 11, 2014) From where this 3x came?

 Sri said: (Apr 18, 2014) 3x is ken wins on horses and trebles his money gave in question itself.

 Imran Ali said: (Oct 17, 2014) We need more explanation, can some one explain this Question?

 2014 said: (Dec 28, 2014) Treble means three times the amount thus we will equate the new amount of money shared with, 3x.

 Thangalakshmi Kp said: (Jan 8, 2015) Ken amount = x and mac amount = y. Initially, mac = 3+ken. Therefore y = 3+x. Then ken win, Now, 3x = (initial amount of mac and ken together)+5. Initial amount of ken is x. Mac is x+3. Therefore 3x = (x+x+3)+2. 3x = 2x+5. x = 5. Therefore y = x+3 = 8. Then initially total amount of both (x+y) = 5+8 = 13.

 P S G Harini said: (Apr 3, 2018) What is the meaning of trebles? Here by seeing the clarification, we came to know that it is triple times.

 Nitesh said: (Aug 4, 2022) @P S G Harini. Treble mean, to make something 3 times bigger than before.