# Number Series Questions and Answers

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**Look carefully for the pattern, and then choose which pair of numbers comes next.**

2 44 4 41 6 38 8

### Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option D

Explanation: Here, there are two alternating patterns, one addition and one subtraction. The first starts with 2 and increases by 2; the second starts with 44 and decreases by 3.

17 32 19 29 21 26 23

### Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option C

Explanation: Here, there are two alternating patterns. The first begins with 17 and adds 2; the second begins with 32 and subtracts 3.

17 14 14 11 11 8 8

### Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option D

Explanation: In this simple subtraction with repetition series, each number is repeated, then 3 is subtracted to give the next number, which is then repeated, and so on.

10 34 12 31 14 28 16

### Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option A

Explanation: Two patterns alternate here. The first pattern begins with 10 and adds 2 to each number to arrive at the next; the alternating pattern begins with 34 and subtracts 3 each time.

11 14 14 17 17 20 20

### Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option A

Explanation: This is a simple addition series with repetition. It adds 3 to each number to arrive at the next, which is repeated before 3 is added again.

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