Hello. Can you guys help? How many minutes is it until 5:00 if forty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past 2 o'clock?

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Lets start with the current time and assume that the remaining minutes equal m

then the current time is 5:00 - m

now forty minutes ago......

5:00 - m - 40 = 4m + 2:00

4:20 -m = 4m + 2:00

4:20 - 2:00 = 5m

2:20 = 5m now, 1 hour = 60 minutes.

then, 140 = 5m

then, m = 140/5 = 28 minutes

the time is 28 mimnutes till 5

hope that helps.....

Let name the starting time, x

5:00 - 40 minutes - x= 4x + 2:00

4:20-x= 4x+2:00

4x+x = 4:20 - 2:00

5x = 2:20

Now, convert 2:20 into minutes, which is actually two hours and 20 minutes. 1 hour= 60 minutes, so 2*60+20= 140 minutes

5x=140 minutes

x= 28 minutes

So, it is 28 minutes until 5:00, which is 4:32 am/pm

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