I skipped this question at first. I wanted to develop examples that proved some letters could be third.
However, I got nowhere after that. It’s easier to solve this question with logic.
We know M has to go in one of the first three spaces, so M probably affects who can go third.
If we place S third, then F and H have to go in spaces 1 and 2, because of the first rule.
There’s no space left to put M 3rd or earlier. If S went third, we’d have to put F, H, S and M in the first three spaces.
A is CORRECT.
When you’re stuck on a question, I recommend simply trying to draw. I figured out the logic of this question by putting S third, putting FH before, and looking at my diagram.
It took me maybe 7 seconds to draw that scenario. That’s a lot more productive than staring at my page, thinking ‘I don’t know what to do’.
That’s what I did at first, and what most students do. If you’re stuck, try drawing an answer. You’ll learn as you draw.
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