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Passing Second in a Race

If you are running in a race and pass the person in second place, what position are you in?

Second place. If you guessed first place, the person in first place is still there. But I’m sure you’re catching up.

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21 Comments on "Passing Second in a Race"


Catherine says
January 12, 2019 @ 09:17

This totoally makes sense when you actually stop to think about. I said first at first, but now I understand why it’s second. The answer lies in the first part of the riddle. Let me explain:

The first part says: “If you are running in a race and pass the person in second place…” The phrase here would suggest that ‘‘you’’ are currently in 3rd place and by passing the person in 2nd place “you” therefore take over 2nd place. “You” can’t be in 2nd place “and pass the person in second place…” which would mean you having to pass themselves which makes no sense. With this statement, you can’t be in 1st place when you pass the person in 2nd place because you couldn’t be in 2nd place to begin with. In order for you to be in 1st place by passing the person in 2nd, the person in 1st would have to be second which is impossible if you are the one in 2nd place.

I think why the answer got me to begin with was because in my mind, I was thinking “and you pass the second person”. If the riddle read like this: “If you are running in a race and pass the second person (notice how the word “place” was taken out from second place person) then the answer of you being in first would make sense.


Caldirun says
March 13, 2019 @ 09:35

I have passed the person in second place and still remained in sixth place, how?


Chloe says
June 21, 2019 @ 17:31

You would be in 2nd place because you have not passed the player in 1st.


Rod says
September 9, 2019 @ 20:56

This is incorrect because of the wording if you passed (passed tense) the person in second place (present tense) you are in First place. Now if the question was you passed the person who was in Second place then you would be in second place


Sudhanshu says
September 15, 2019 @ 03:24

Answer will be 1st


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