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Hola:
Here's a cute little old poem with a touch of math and a question at the end.
Can you answer the question ?

The poem:
"As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with 7 wives.
Each wife had 7 sacks,
Each sack had 7 cats,
Each cat had 7 kits,
Kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives ?"

Yes, how many ?[H]M
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Después de estar buscando mi calculadora... creo que mi respuesta coincide con la de Wes.

Si traduces el poema al español, no queda bien (a menos que seas un poeta).
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Un momento ...

estoy contando ... contando .... contando ...

¿una persona?

 Crom's reply was promoted to an answer.
Mis amigos, Wes y Crom:
Would you, gentlemen, be kind enough to explain a little bit how you have arrived at the extremely difficult answer to the question posed by the poem, just for the benefit of some of our foromates who may be just as puzzled by your answer as they are by the poem's question ?

thanx. [H]M

El autor de este poema también encontró una mujer divorciada y otro hombre completamente calvo (yo lo sé de la transmisión oral Emotion: winkjajaja).
Pero pregunta no requiere el número de las personas encontradas durante el viaje.
El autor escribió que al St. Ives viajó él y ... nadie más.

WesleyPero pregunta no requiere el número de las personas encontradas durante el viaje.
El autor escribió que al St. Ives viajó él y ... nadie más.
Right you are, Wes ! [Y]
The poem asks: How many were giong to St. Ives ? As far as the context of the poem is concerned, the only person that is sure to be headed for St. Ives is the author of the poem himself.
The poem does not say anything about where the man and his 7 wives are headed for; it merely says that the author met them on his way to St. Ives. So, for all we know, they maybe
going eslsewhere, and in fact, as Wes said, the author may even have come across other persons farther on as he proceeds on his journey to St. Ives. The question does not ask how many persons the author met on his way to St. Ives, as Wes rightly pointed out !

So, the surest and safest way to say how many were going to St. Ives, in so far as the context of the poem is concerned, is just one, the author himself.

thanx[H]M