# SOLUTION: My Mum was 27 when I was born. 8 years ago she was twice as old as I shall be in 5 years time. How old am I?

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 Question 224299: My Mum was 27 when I was born. 8 years ago she was twice as old as I shall be in 5 years time. How old am I?Answer by rapaljer(4670)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let x = my age now x+27 = Mum's age now x+5= my age in 5 years Mum's age now - 8 years = Two times my age in 5 years x+27 - 8 = 2(x+5) x+19=2x+10 Subtract x from each side: x+19-x=2x-x+10 19=x+10 Subtract 10 from each side: 9=x My age is 9 years NOW, and Mum's age is 9+27=36 years NOW. Check: Eight years ago Mum was 28. My age in 5 years will be 14. Indeed, her age eight years ago was twice my age in 5 years. R^2 Dr. Robert J. Rapalje, Retired Seminole State College of Florida Altamonte Springs Campus