11+ novice wrote:

Pauline and Katherine together have £40 more than Julie. Pauline has £8 more than Katherine. If they have £480 altogether, how much do they each have?

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Break it down into chunks.

P+K have £40 more than J. Total is £480. For these problems I usually advise using the halfway mark as a starting point. In this case £240. But they aren't equal shares. The difference is £40 so the larger share is £20 more than the halfway point and the smaller share £20 less. So J has £220 and the others share £260.

Second chunk.

P has £8 more than K. Total is £260. Halfway is £130. Bigger share is £4 more and smaller share is £4 less than this starting point. So P has £134 and K has £126.

Hope this helps.