help with question

<p>can anyone help me with this math question?</p>

<p><a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The answer is E</p>

<p>The x+y is pretty much there just to trip you up ^^ Keep in mind that (x+y)/2 is another way for saying the average of the two numbers. Look at the spacing, and you'll find that x and answer choice E are each 4 ticks from the average. As for the justification to why x+y is less than y, x is negative. Got it? If not, feel free to ask, and I'll get back to you ^^</p>

<p>got it thx!</p>