Someone’s mother has four sons; three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

Someone’s mother has four sons

Someone’s mother has four sons; three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

Read the question carefully “Can u guess the name of the fourth son?”. The answer seeker is looking for a YES or NO, not the name of the fourth son. Don’t let these questions fool you, you are smarter than this.

The most accurate answer is as follows:

The very first line states, “someone’s mother has… ” and so on. From this, one can ascertain that the name of the fourth child is “someone”.

However, if one looks at the names of the other children (North, East, West), it seems very likely that the name of the fourth child is “South”, which is in keeping with the pattern (the cardinal directions).

And finally, the way the question is phrased, it seems that no matter what the name of the fourth son is, the answer to the question can only be ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Since someone’s mother has four sons, North, West, and South, the name of the fourth son is someone. The correct answer is ‘someone‘. The question is a common riddle based on the mathematical topic called ‘sequences’. Read also: All paint by numbers

Someone’s mother has four sons

You might remember the last “viral” riddle that circulated on Facebook, Your Parents are at the Door. If you got the answer wrong, you had to post an embarrassing photo of yourself, and then post the riddle yourself. Well, now we have a new one flying around. It’s not particularly new, the riddle has been around for quite some time and has a few variations of the wording.

Here is the most common phrasing of the riddle that I found being shared.

Someone’s mother has four sons. North, South, and East. What is the name of the fourth son. Private message me the name of the fourth son. If you lose, you have to repost.

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The obvious answer would be the name of the fourth son is, West. Right? Well, you would be incredibly wrong and suffering the social media consequences. Another popular answer is that the name of the poor forgotten son is actually named, Someone. Although a solid guess, it is still incorrect.

THIS NEXT PART WILL SPOIL THE GAME, CONTINUE READING IF YOU DARE!

Let’s take a peek at that punctuation in the riddle itself. Yes, for once, we can go on decent punctuation in social media world. The line we need to focus on is,

What is the name of the fourth son.

Notice that the line does not contain a question mark? That line is a statement, and also the answer to our little social media riddle. It actually states the name of the fourth son, and therefore contains the answer. I know I spoiled it for you, but I just want to make the world a better place and have what my father calls a “teaching moment”. Go forth and conquer your riddles, and let us all know if you have a better answer!

From the last line: “Can you guess the name of the fourth son?”.

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Someone’s mother has four sons; three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son? 2021

Additionally, I’m not sure whether this is a mistake or not, but in the middle sentence (What is the name of the last son.) a full stop is used instead of a question mark. This would mean that the son’s name is ‘What’, unlikely as it seems.

Therefore the answer is: Yes, I can guess the name of the fourth son, and the most likely names are either Someone South or What.

Someone is the right answer. Some of you are saying that what can also be the answer. But what I think is the way the question is framed in the first sentence itself makes it obvious.

Explanation:

  1. In the description of the question, it is written as someone’s mom means the name of a person.
  2. Someone is a person whose mother has a total of 4 sons.
  3. The names of three sons out of four sons are already disclosed in the question that is South, West, and North.
  4. Generally, people will first think that it should be the name of the fourth direction i.e. East.
  5. But it is very important to look into the details which are already available and should always read a question carefully or two to three times to understand what is being asked and what to be answered.
  6. It is mentioned in the question itself that the name of the fourth son is Someone.
Someone’s mother has four sons; three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

Let’s replace someone with any random name say, Donald. Now the question would be Donald’s mother has four sons North, east and west. ( Now the fourth son obviously is Donald.)

This first sentence rules out the possibility of having the fourth one as What despite not followed by a question mark. Let me know what you people think now :D…

Someone’s mother has four sons, three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

Conclusion:

Since someone’s mother has four sons, North, West, and South, the name of the fourth son is someone.

The correct answer is ‘someone’. The question is a common riddle based on the mathematical topic called ‘sequences’. Thus, it calls that one neglects the use of logic as English requires.

Since someone’s mother has four sons, North, West, and South, the name of the fourth son is someone. The correct answer is ‘someone’. The question is a common riddle based on the mathematical topic called ‘sequences’. Thus, it calls that one neglects the use of logic as English requires.

Further Explanation

If one is to go by logic, logic will permit that one mentions east as the name of the fourth son. For one to have a better clarification of the question, background knowledge of what a sequence is must be buttressed with a typical example.

Although Sequence is an enumerated collection of objects in which repetitions of numbers are allowed, there can be puzzle-like questions in forms of riddles that are still under sequence.

Example: A man is sentenced to death; he has three choices to make among three rooms. The first room has plenty of raging fires. The second room has 5 assassins with loaded pump action rifles. The third room contains lions that have not been fed for 5 years. Which room will be the safest for the man?

Answer:  The third room will be the safest mainly because the lions have not been fed for 5 years, which implies that they are dead.

Nope! Nice try, “What is the name of the fourth son.” ends with a full stop instead of a question mark. The fourth son’s name is What. Now you have to repost: Someone’s mom has 4 sons: North, West, and South. What is the name of the fourth son?

Now, instead of “Someone’s mother,” we have, “Theodore’s mother has four sons: North, West, and South.” And who is that fourth son? Why, it’s Theodore, of course! So, looking back at the original question, it’s now clear that the correct answer is: Someone!

The name of the son is What.

The reason why is that the name of the fourth son is not phrased as a question. Its phrased as a statement. “What is the name of the fourth son” with a period instead of a question mark.

It could also be ascertained that it is Someone, however, someone is a word used when “used to refer to a single person when you do not know who they are or when it is not important who they are:”

Therefore, it is a noun not being used as a proper name but as a descriptive fill-in word. We don’t know who they are, so we say, someone’s mom.

So, I go with the name “What”

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Someone’s mother has four sons; three are named North, East, and West. What’s the name of the fourth son?

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