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  1. Not 5. Only 4. You’re confusing “to” and “towards”. To indicates destination. Towards indicates direction but not destination. Only 4 are going towards!

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    1. giftourprecious giftourprecious

      Hi Patrick,

      1 rabbit saw 6 elephants “while going to” the river.
      “while going to” refers to an action in progress, hence
      the rabbit is still on it’s way towards the river.
      Agree?

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      1. Rob

        The answer could be 25. It doesn’t say if the rabbit saw the elephants as a group or individually. Because every elephant saw 2 monkeys. And were they different monkeys or the same 2 monkeys. Your explanation doesn’t make sense. My answer would be 5 or 25 because it lacks information.

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        1. giftourprecious giftourprecious

          Hi Rob,

          This is the tricky part of the question, whether the rabbit saw the elephants as a group or individually is not significant as compared to whether the elephants saw different monkeys or the same 2 monkeys.
          Let’s recap the statement “Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards the river.” The statement does not explicitly mention that “Every elephant saw 2 DIFFERENT monkeys…”, hence implicit rules apply and infer that the 2 monkeys are the same.
          Well, the question is worded on purpose to be tricky and that is the fun part right? :)

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          1. David

            What Rob is bringing up is that neither time nor distance are defined in the puzzle. The puzzle does not specify that the “saw” happened at the exact same spot in time. How long was the rabbit traveling? Were any of the monkeys or the rabbit traveling at the oblique? Were the monkeys traveling behind elephants and not seen by them, but seen by elephants on the other side of the river?

            Another flaw in this solution’s logic is the assumption that the elephants were NOT also going to the river. The rabbit, while traveling to the river, could well have seen six elephants, also traveling to the river.

            What you CAN guarantee is, at a minimum, is that one rabbit, two monkeys and two parrots are traveling.

          2. giftourprecious giftourprecious

            Hi David,

            Exactly! If the question does not explicitly mention time, distance, whether the monkeys were traveling behind elephants or any other further info, then that shouldn’t be part of the consideration as the solution right? That kind of assumption should fall under guesswork, imagination and possibility. 😉

            Well, since the question again does NOT explicitly mention that the elephants were going towards the river, hence NO assumption should be made that the elephants MAY be going towards the river.

            Yes, you are right, with the available information provided, what can be derived is that 1 rabbit, 2 monkeys and 2 parrots are going towards the river. :)

      2. Kendra Perry

        “Going to” can have DIFFERENT routes, maybe not just yet, but eventually..When “Towards” mean its in their path visually😕😕

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    2. Sabrina

      Exactly! To and towards are completely different!

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      1. giftourprecious giftourprecious

        Hi Sabrina,

        According to
        http://www.dictionary.com/browse/to definition,

        1.
        (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from):
        They came to the house.
        2.
        (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of; toward:
        from north to south.

        Care to elaborate further on what you mean “To and towards are completely different”?

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