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The sum of two numbers is eight. Four less than five times the smaller is equal to the larger.

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  1. smaller ---- x
    larger --- 8-x

    just translate:
    "Four less than five times the smaller is equal to the larger"
    ----> 5x - 4 = 8-x

    take over

    since their sum is only 8, it would have been quite easy to do this by simple trial-and-error

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  2. 1 + 7
    2 + 6
    3 + 5
    4 + 4

    Which of those pair of numbers meets the criteria?

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