Word Problem: Computing age comparing quantities

Problem: Monica earns three times per hour as John, John earns $2 more per hour than Alicia. Together they earn $43 per hour. How much is each one's hourly wage?

I attempted to compare each quantity in comparison to Monica

Monica =

John = Monica earns three times per hour as John, therefore John earns 1/3 in comparison to Monica

Alicia = receives $2 less than John =

The equation then becomes

Clear out the fractions by multiplying every item by the LCD of 3, so on so forth but I do not get the correct answer.

The correct answer is , did I make an error along the way or is all of the work completely wrong?

Thanks for your help

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**allyourbass2212** Problem: Monica earns three times per hour as John, John earns $2 more per hour than Alicia. Together they earn $43 per hour. How much is each one's hourly wage?

Make it easy on yourself. Start with John.

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Thanks Plato. Yes that is how I solved the problem after getting stuck on my initial approach. But I would still like to know why I am not having success comparing quantities using Monica.

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**allyourbass2212** . But I would still like to know why I am not having success comparing quantities using Monica.

This wrong.

It should be

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