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Present and future beth is 5'years younger than celste next year their ages will have a sum equal yo 57 ,

How old is each now?

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57-5=52

52/2=26

26+5=31-1=30 age of celeste

26-1=25 age of beth

x - 5 = Celste's age

Therefore, in next year... it'll become..

x + 1 = Beth's age

x - 5 + 1 = x - 4 = Celste's age

And the equation will be..

x + 1 + x - 4 = 57

2x = 57 + 3

x =

x - 5 = 30 - 5 =

Check:

x + 1 + x - 4 = 57

30 + 1 + 30 - 4 = 57

60 - 3 = 57

57 = 57

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30 + 1 + 25 + 1 = 57

31 + 26 = 57

57 = 57

(Just the same, actually.)