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Consider all possible permutations of eight distinct elements $a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h$. In how many of them, will $d$ appear before $b$? Note that $d$ and $b$ may not necessarily be consecutive.

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8!/2! as (d,b) is the only permitted arrangement between d and b , so it is equivalent to treating them as similar objects.
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d,b is not the only arrangement. d,a,c,b is also permitted. consecutive not necessary

d should be placed before b.

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