# Martina is currently 14 years older than her cousin Joey. In 5 years she will be 3 times as old as Joey. What are their ages?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 13, 2016

Joey is 2 years old now and Martina is 16 years old now.

#### Explanation:

You are comparing the ages of two people and at two different periods of time - the present and in 5 years time.

Let the **present age of the younger cousin** (Joey) be

Martina is 14 years older now. Her age is

In **5 years time** , they will both be 5 years older than they are now:

Joey will be

Joey's age, times 3, will be equal to Martina's age....

Check: Joey is 2 and Martina is 2+14 = 16

In 5 years time: Joey will be 7 and Martina will be 21.