A bag of potatoes weighs 50 lbs divided by half of its weight. How much does the bag of potatoes weigh?

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A bag of potatoes weighs 50 lbs divided by half of its weight. How much does the bag of potatoes weigh?
posted Dec 5, 2017
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The potatoes weigh 10 lb.

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A bag of potatoes which weighs 50 lbs is still a bag of potatoes which weighs 50 lbs. A good example of a meaningless statement with a tricky tautology. In other words, the action as in "divided" is in the past tense and thus has already been taken to divide the bag of potatoes. So in the present, 50 lbs divided (a past action) still = 50 lbs.

Answer = 50 lbs.

answer Dec 7, 2017
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10 lbs

As half of 10 is 5 and 50/5=10

answer Dec 8, 2017

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