**Mrs Lim bought a total of 120 apples and oranges in the ratio of 3 : 5. After she gave away an equal number of each type of fruit, the ratio of the number of apples to the number of oranges left is 3 : 8. How many apples does she have now?Solution**

Apples : Oranges ----- 3 : 5 (Total 120 fruits)

Hence, 8 units ----- 120

1 unit ----- 120 divided by 8 = 15

(Apples) 3 units ----- 15 x 3 = 45

(Oranges) 5 units ----- 15 x 5 = 75

5 units ----- 30

1 unit ----- 30 divided by 5 = 6

(Apples left) 3 units ----- 3 x 6 = 18

**Answer: She has 18 apples left.**

**Note**– “The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan 5-School Combined Prelim Maths” is the common Maths Prelim Exam for Tao Nan, Ai Tong, Chongfu, Nan Chiau and Kong Hwa schools.

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Apples Oranges Difference

Before 3x5=15 5x5=25 2x5=10

Change -? -?

After 3x2=6 8x2=16 5x2=10

(15+25)u=120

1u = 120/40=3

6u = 6x3= 18

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