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A Mother Has 4 Sons

Someone’s mother has four sons; three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

The correct answer is ‘someone’. The question is a common riddle based on the mathematical topic called ‘sequences’. Thus, it calls that one neglects the use of logic as English requires. Since someone’s mother has four sons, North, West, and South, the name of the fourth son is someone. The correct answer is ‘someone’. The question is a common riddle based on the mathematical topic called ‘sequences’. Thus, it calls that one neglects the use of logic as English requires.

There can be 3 answers:-

  1. Someone
  2. West
  3. What

Explanation:

Let's see the sentence first:-

"Someone's mother has four sons north south and east what is the fourth son's name"

Let's break bit by bit =>

  1. Someone's mother has four son's => By this sentence we can see Someone is a kid whose mother has four sons which are north , south , east and someone.
  2. North south and east =>We know there are four directions north , south , east and west so, west can be the name of fourth son.
  3. What is the fourth son's name =>This sentence says that what is the name of fourth son. So , name of all four sons will be north , south , east and what.

This is just a riddle with three answers. If we see it from logical purpose then the answer will be west because it follows a sequence.

The word 'What' is the name of the fourth son.

Explanation:

  • 'Someone’s mother has four sons. North, South and East. What is the name of the fourth son.' is a brain teaser.
  • A brain teaser is a cryptic sentence or phrase or a statement that needs to be solved. It needs an unconventional way of thinking, keen observation and often has more than one answer based on one's perspective.
  • If we see here, the given data says that Someone's mother has 4 sons, telling North, South, and East as the names of the three of them. And here comes the teaser 'What is the name of the fourth son.'
  • Generally, as per human psychology, the brain immediately takes one to the question land as soon as the word 'what' is displayed. If we observer carefully, the sentence didn't end with a question mark, making it a statement.
  • So, one possibility is the word 'What' can be the name of the fourth son. In another case, the word 'Someone' can also be the answer.

Let’s replace someone with any random name say, Donald. Now the question would be Donald’s mother has four sons North, east, and west. ( Now the fourth son obviously is Donald.)

This first sentence rules out the possibility of having the fourth one as What despite not being followed by a question mark.

Someone’s mother has four sons, three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

Conclusion: Since someone’s mother has four sons, North, West, and South, the name of the fourth son is Someone.


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