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How many sheep does a farmer with 17 of them have, if all but 8 of them die?

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Asked by Billy, Last updated: Mar 28, 2018

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John Adney

John Adney

Answered on Sep 01, 2017

It should be 8. The wording says "All but 8 died" which is the same as: All died except for 8. This means that 9 died and 8 are still alive!!

The built-in answer is wrong.

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Moody Wahba

Moody Wahba

Answered on Sep 01, 2017

It should be 8. The wording says "All but 8 died" which is the same as: All died except for 8. This means that 9 died and 8 are still alive!!

The built-in answer is wrong.

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stn Poland

Stn Poland

Answered on Aug 30, 2019

The answer is 17!!!!! He ask how meny are left not how many are left alive :)

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R. Barnes

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R. BarnesAnalyst, PhD, Clinton
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Answered on Mar 07, 2019

The question shows that the farmer has 17 sheep and all but 8 of them died. This sentence implies that all the sheep the farmer has died due to some reasons unknown except 8. That is, 9 sheep out of 17 died.

The mathematical representation of this is:
17-8=9

That is, the total number of sheep minus the sheep that are alive will give the number of sheep that died.

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W. Kaye

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W. KayeEx-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill
Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered on Feb 28, 2019

This farmer now has 8 sheep if all of the original 17 die except for 8. This is an example of a simple test of a) arithmetic b) attention to written instructions and c) deconstructing and understanding a sentence when it is barely grammatical and deliberately worded to confuse. It is a 'trick' question to see if the respondent will simply subtract 8 from 17 instead of fully reading the sentence (which is very badly constructed)

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Jijimol Bennya

Jijimol Bennya

Answered on Oct 21, 2018

There were 7 live sheep's left &There were 8 live sheep's left.

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daltonwesselman

Daltonwesselman

Answered on Apr 25, 2017

It should be 8 because of the wording. If it said "All but 8 lived" then it would be 9. With "All (17) but 8 died," it means that all 17 sheep besides 8 had died.
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craigdonkersley

Craigdonkersley

Answered on Mar 08, 2017

My God!!!!!! I don't believe this,........I've got one right, ( or have I really )?
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Ritemed

Ritemed

Answered on Feb 17, 2017

9, it says All but 8 died. To rephrase it All except the 8 ones died. 17 - 8 = 9
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yeahright

Yeahright

Answered on Jan 23, 2017

.... "All but 8 died" means 8 are still alive... Failz on your test.
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 08, 2016

9
9 live sheep.
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