If Nassar's salary is the same as that of one other partner of the firm, which one of the following must be false?

Robert on July 15, 2015

Video Explanation isn't Sufficient

I understand why Nassar can only make the same as anyone from Inman to Hae, but how would you draw that in the base chain? I'm not exactly sure what the video explanation is missing but I really don't understand how this question works, and redirecting me to the video isn't sufficient. Thank you, Robby

2 Replies

Melody on July 21, 2015

If you can see that "N" can make the same amount of money as anyone from "I" to "H," then you understand how the question works.

This question relies on our long chain. We must determine which one of the answer choices cannot be true.

As explained in the video:

Answer choice (A) can be true. Let's say "N" makes the same amount as "I." Our chain would like this:

K > L > I & N > F > M > G > J > H.

As you can see, "I's" salary can be less than "L's."

Answer choice (B) can be true. As long as N makes the same amount of money as either: "I," "F," "M," "G," or "J," then "J" will make less money than L, since L makes more money than "N;" so having "N" make the same amount as any of "I"-"G" means "L" will make more because "J" makes less than "I"-"G," and having "N" make the same amount as "J" would still mean "L" makes more since, again, "L" makes more than "N."

Answer choice (C) can be true. The first part of our chain would look like this: "K > I > F," then we know that - according to (C) - "L" makes less than "F," so: F > L > N, and we also know that "M" makes less than "F," so: F > M > G > J > H. This allows N to make the same as any one of "M" - "H." As you can see, "L's" salary can be less than "F's."

Answer choice (D), however, cannot be true because if "L's" salary is less than "H's," then we would have the following chain:

K > I > F > M > G > J > H > L > N

As yo can see, however, the above chains does not allow "N" to make the same salary as that of one other partner of the firm, which goes against the rule given to us in this question.

Thus, answer choice (D) is our correct answer because it cannot be true, i.e. it must be false.

Hope that was helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Robert on July 22, 2015

It was helpful indeed, thanks for drawing that out for
me