A fruit seller had some apples. He sells 40% of his apples, but still has 420 apples left over. Originally he had 588 apples; how many did he have before selling any?

A. 588 apples B. 600 apples C. 672 apples D. 700 apples

A. 588 apples

B. 600 apples

C. 672 apples

D. 700 apples

If you’ve read this far, then I hope that you have learned a lot about math. (The takeaway is that A is the correct answer.)

A fruit seller had some apples. He sold 40% of them, and still had 420 apples left. How many apples did he start with?

560

Now, the fruit seller has 560 apples left. He’s thinking: “I’ve got enough money to buy a new cart and still have plenty of apples left over.”

700

He has 700 apples, so we know that he started with at least 700. He sold 40% of his apples, which means that he sold 4/10 of the total number of apples he had (4/10 = 40%). So now we have:

Seller’s original amount of fruit = 700

Proportion sold by seller = 4/10 = .40

Remaining fruit after selling 40% = .60

780

You have 780 apples.

The fruit seller has 420 apples left, and he wants to sell 40% of them. How many apples should he have originally?

490

490

420

80

20

Takeaway:

The takeaway here is that you should always be on the lookout for new and interesting ways of thinking about things. What’s more, it’s important to understand that numbers can be used in ways other than just counting them: they can also help us get a better understanding of what’s happening in the world around us.

His apples are the best. I hope you enjoyed this fun post about apples!

A fruit seller had some apples. He sells 40% apples and still has 420 apples. Originally, He had;

Takeaway: Now you know that a percentage increase is used for an increase (more) & a percentage decrease is used for a decrease (less).

A fruit seller had some apples. He sells 40% apples and still has 420 apples. Originally, He had;

The fruit seller had some apples. He sold 40% of them and still had 420 apples left. Originally, he had 420 apples.

Take 40% of 420 to find how many were sold.

Take 40% of 420 to find how many were sold.

40% of 420 = 0.40 x 420 = 168 apples were sold

But we need to know how many he originally had so we can subtract the number of apples sold from the original number.

40% of number is easy to find. Just change the percent to a decimal by moving the decimal point two places to the left & multiply.

To figure out the percent, change it to a decimal. To do this, move the decimal point two places to the left and multiply by 100. For example: 40% = .4 * 100 = 40 apples

Now that you know how to find the number of apples he has left, let’s figure out how many apples his friend offered him!

So 40% of 420 = 0.40 x 420 = 168 apples were sold.

So 40% of 420 = 0.40 x 420 = 168 apples were sold. This means that the number of apples sold is less than the original number of apples, and so (because you are only counting this one time) there is a negative percentage increase for this fruit seller’s sales.

Now let’s look at your second example:

There were 100 boxes with bananas in them.

The banana seller sold 20 boxes in 1 day, so 20% of 100 boxes would be 20/100 x 100 or 20/100 x 10 which is 2 boxes per day per box out on display (so 2%).

But we need to know how many he originally had so we can subtract the number of apples sold from the original number so;

But we need to know how many he originally had so we can subtract the number of apples sold from the original number so;

The original number was 420. The percentage increase is 40%. The percentage decrease is -40%. The difference between the original number and the number of apples sold is 0.

Now you know that a percentage increase is used for an increase (more) & a percentage decrease is used for a decrease (less).

Now you know that a percentage increase is used for an increase (more) & a percentage decrease is used for a decrease (less).

A percentage increase and decrease are both used to represent an increase or decrease in a value.

Percentage increases are represented by the percent sign (%) followed by the term “increase”, while percentage decreases are represented by two percent signs (%%), followed by the term “decrease”.

We hope this has been helpful to you. If there are any other questions, please feel free to ask us!

## Answers ( 3 )

A fruit seller had some apples. He sells 40% of his apples, but still has 420 apples left over. Originally he had 588 apples; how many did he have before selling any?

## A. 588 apples B. 600 apples C. 672 apples D. 700 apples

A. 588 apples

B. 600 apples

C. 672 apples

D. 700 apples

If you’ve read this far, then I hope that you have learned a lot about math. (The takeaway is that A is the correct answer.)A fruit seller had some apples. He sold 40% of them, and still had 420 apples left. How many apples did he start with?

## 560

Now, the fruit seller has 560 apples left. He’s thinking: “I’ve got enough money to buy a new cart and still have plenty of apples left over.”

## 700

He has 700 apples, so we know that he started with at least 700. He sold 40% of his apples, which means that he sold 4/10 of the total number of apples he had (4/10 = 40%). So now we have:

## 780

You have 780 apples.

The fruit seller has 420 apples left, and he wants to sell 40% of them. How many apples should he have originally?

## 490

490

420

80

20

## Takeaway:

The takeaway here is that you should always be on the lookout for new and interesting ways of thinking about things. What’s more, it’s important to understand that numbers can be used in ways other than just counting them: they can also help us get a better understanding of what’s happening in the world around us.

His apples are the best. I hope you enjoyed this fun post about apples!

A fruit seller had some apples. He sells 40% apples and still has 420 apples. Originally, He had;

Takeaway: Now you know that a percentage increase is used for an increase (more) & a percentage decrease is used for a decrease (less).

## A fruit seller had some apples. He sells 40% apples and still has 420 apples. Originally, He had;

The fruit seller had some apples. He sold 40% of them and still had 420 apples left. Originally, he had 420 apples.

## Take 40% of 420 to find how many were sold.

Take 40% of 420 to find how many were sold.

40% of 420 = 0.40 x 420 = 168 apples were sold

But we need to know how many he originally had so we can subtract the number of apples sold from the original number.

## 40% of number is easy to find. Just change the percent to a decimal by moving the decimal point two places to the left & multiply.

To figure out the percent, change it to a decimal. To do this, move the decimal point two places to the left and multiply by 100. For example: 40% = .4 * 100 = 40 apples

Now that you know how to find the number of apples he has left, let’s figure out how many apples his friend offered him!

## So 40% of 420 = 0.40 x 420 = 168 apples were sold.

So 40% of 420 = 0.40 x 420 = 168 apples were sold. This means that the number of apples sold is less than the original number of apples, and so (because you are only counting this one time) there is a negative percentage increase for this fruit seller’s sales.

Now let’s look at your second example:

## But we need to know how many he originally had so we can subtract the number of apples sold from the original number so;

But we need to know how many he originally had so we can subtract the number of apples sold from the original number so;

The original number was 420. The percentage increase is 40%. The percentage decrease is -40%. The difference between the original number and the number of apples sold is 0.

## Now you know that a percentage increase is used for an increase (more) & a percentage decrease is used for a decrease (less).

Now you know that a percentage increase is used for an increase (more) & a percentage decrease is used for a decrease (less).

A percentage increase and decrease are both used to represent an increase or decrease in a value.

Percentage increases are represented by the percent sign (%) followed by the term “increase”, while percentage decreases are represented by two percent signs (%%), followed by the term “decrease”.

We hope this has been helpful to you. If there are any other questions, please feel free to ask us!