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**pauliwago** Hello,

I have the answers to the following two questions, but I'm stumped as to why the answers are calculated this way:

Q.1) There are six comics: A, B, C, D, E, F; How many ways are there to select six comics?

Answer: C(6+6-1, 6-1)

Q.2) There are 20 balls. 6 red, 6 green, 8 purple. In how many ways can we select five balls if balls of the same color are considered identical?

Answer: C(3+5-1, 5)

What I don't understand is why we subtract 1 from 6 in the first question while leaving 5 just the way it is in the 2nd question.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!