# Maths Mate Sheet 5 Question 23

Prediction: I will have to solve a word problem involving the numbers 20 and 4

Read: Mike and Anna have 20 stamps altogether. Mike has 4 more stamps than Anna. How many stamps does Anna have?

Clarification: None needed

The Big Question: Mike and Anna have 20 stamps. Mike has 4 more than Anna. How many does Anna have?

Mathematician’s Toolbox: Have I seen a similar problem?

Solving: I first made Mike have at least 4. Then I added 1 to each person till the total was twenty.

Conclusion: So Anna had 8 stamps.