This GMAT DS question is a Number Properties question covering properties of odd and even numbers.
This data sufficiency problem consists of a question and two statements, labeled (1) and (2), in which certain data are given. You have to decide whether the data given in the statements are sufficient for answering the question. Using the data given in the statements, plus your knowledge of mathematics and everyday facts (such as the number of days in a leap year or the meaning of the word counterclockwise), you must indicate whether -
- Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
- Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.
- BOTH statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question asked, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.
- EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question asked.
- Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question asked, and additional data specific to the problem are needed.
All numbers used are real numbers.
All figures lie in a plane unless otherwise indicated.
In data sufficiency problems that ask for the value of a quantity, the data given in the statement are sufficient only when it is possible to determine exactly one numerical value for the quantity.
- x is odd.
- xy is odd.
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What kind of an answer will the question fetch?
The question is an "Is" question. Answer to an "is" questions is either YES or NO.
When is the data sufficient?
The data is sufficient if we get a DEFINITE YES or a DEFINITE NO as an answer from the information in the statements.
If the answer is MAYBE or DONOT KNOW, the data is NOT sufficient.
Do we have any more information about x and y from the question stem?
The question stem states that both x and y are positive integers.
Statement 1: x is odd.
The statement provides no information about y.
Statement 1 ALONE is NOT sufficient.
Eliminate choices A and D. Choices narrow down to B, C or E.
Statement 2: xy is odd.
If the product xy is odd, both x and y have to be odd (product of two odd integers is odd).
We can answer the question with a definite YES.
Statement 2 ALONE is sufficient.
Eliminate choices C and E. Choice B is the answer.