# 4 years before Paul's age is 3times the Alice age and the present age of Paul is 6times the Alice. What is the presents Paul's age?

Given the information in the question, Paul's current age is 8 years old. You can work this out by using an algebra type equation to understand each stage of the questions and come to a reasonable conclusion.

Below is the equation that was used to work out the age of Paul at present.

• How to find the answer
We will say that Alice's age = Y and Paul's current age = X

X - 4 = 3Y (Paul's age minus the 4 years)
X = 6Y (Paul's age is equal to 6 times that of Alice)
X = 6Y + 2 (X - 4) =6Y
Therefore X = 2 (X - 4)
X = 2X - 8
-X = -8
Therefore X = 8. This gives us the answer that Paul ( X ) is 8 years old at present.

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