We have been given that a + b + c + d = 7Total ways of distributing 7 things among 4 people so that each one gets at least one = n-1Cr-1 = 6C3 = 20 Now we need to subtract the cases where any one person got more than 3 erasers. Any person cannot get more than 4 erasers since each child has to get at least 1. Any of the 4 childs can get 4 erasers. Thus, there are 4 cases. On subtracting these cases from the total cases we get the required answer. Hence, the required value is 20 - 4 = 16