A little boy has exactly 210 pieces of candy. If he buys 10 more, he will have 220. He gives away 12. How many pieces does he have now?

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A little boy has exactly 210 pieces of candy. If he buys 10 more, he will have 220. He gives away 12. How many pieces does he have now?

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Not correct, how?

"A little boy has exactly 210 pieces of candy." That means he has that right now. What he might do or what he did in the past is irrelevant.

In that case the grammar is wrong.

A little boy has 210 pieces = present time

He gave away 12 = past time.

This means he had 222 pieces. He gave away 12 pieces and now he has 210 pieces.

It would be different if the question was:

A little boy has 210 pieces. He gives away 12 pieces.

That would mean he now has 198 pieces.

OR

A little boy had 210 pieces. He gave away 12 pieces. Then both are in the past and it would make sense he now has 198 pieces.

A little boy has 210 pieces = present time

He gave away 12 = past time.

This means he had 222 pieces. He gave away 12 pieces and now he has 210 pieces.

It would be different if the question was:

A little boy has 210 pieces. He gives away 12 pieces.

That would mean he now has 198 pieces.

OR

A little boy had 210 pieces. He gave away 12 pieces. Then both are in the past and it would make sense he now has 198 pieces.

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