# I am sooo confused!!

#### miguel62

So I am splitting $412k with my partner, so$206k each.....I also owe him $42k from a previous deal that I want to repay to him out of my$206k. So every time I subtract it from my $206k I get$164k and he ends up with $248k, a difference of$84k!! I only owe him $42k, so why is the difference double the amount I owe? Please help me!! #### JeffM ##### Elite Member You are correct that the end result is that he gets 248, and you get 164. When you take the difference, you are adding what he got and what you paid. In other words, you are counting the 42 twice. Suppose you split the 412 evenly on Monday. You deposit 206 in your bank account, and he deposits 206 into his bank account. Both bank accounts go up by 206, all fair and square. On Tuesday, you give him a check for 42 for the debt you owe. Your bank account will go down by 42, and his will go up by 42, but that does not mean that the check for 42 magically became a check for 84. 12 - 3 = 9. 12 + 3 = 15. 15 - 9 = 6. That does not mean that 3 = 6. #### miguel62 ##### New member You are correct that the end result is that he gets 248, and you get 164. When you take the difference, you are adding what he got and what you paid. In other words, you are counting the 42 twice. Suppose you split the 412 evenly on Monday. You deposit 206 in your bank account, and he deposits 206 into his bank account. Both bank accounts go up by 206, all fair and square. On Tuesday, you give him a check for 42 for the debt you owe. Your bank account will go down by 42, and his will go up by 42, but that does not mean that the check for 42 magically became a check for 84. 12 - 3 = 9. 12 + 3 = 15. 15 - 9 = 6. That does not mean that 3 = 6. Thanks for the help!! #### Jomo ##### Elite Member This does seem strange but it is correct. If we both have$10 and you give me $1, then you have$9 and I have $11. The difference between what you have and what I have is$2. You went down one and I went up 1.
Now if we have both $10 and you want me to have$1 more than you, then you must give me 50cents ($1 /2). Now I will have$10.50 and you will have $9.50 and yes the difference is$1.

#### hockey97

##### New member
So I am splitting $412k with my partner, so$206k each.....I also owe him $42k from a previous deal that I want to repay to him out of my$206k. So every time I subtract it from my $206k I get$164k and he ends up with $248k, a difference of$84k!! I only owe him $42k, so why is the difference double the amount I owe? Please help me!! It's simple you said you want to split$412k with your partner so each is $206k So, originally you're giving$206k to your partner. So, you now state you want to pay him back 42k from a previous deal out of your own $206. so 206k + 42k is 248k you paid him total. your 206k is now 206k - 42k = 164k. so he gets 248k and you get 164k which is a 84k difference. the difference is double because you're losing 42k from the 206k and he's gaining 42k. 42k + 42k is =84k so the gap when you compare what you get is double. If you wanted to get a 42k difference. the reason it's doubled is because you're splitting up$412 by 2.

What you should have done is 412k split it by you having 248k and your partner has 164k.

then pay 42k from your 248k which will make you have 206k and when he gets the 42k he will get 206k.

this would mean the 206k would have have 42k built in it so it's like you paid him $206 but in reality that$412k deal he's getting $164k just from the deal and 42 is being paid for what you owe him from a previous transaction. The reason the difference will always be doubled is because you're splitting up$412 by 2. there would always be a double difference because the situation is as squared root type of situation.