Combination math problem

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4 boxes each contain a large number of identical balls, those in 1 box are red, those in the 2nd box are blue, those in the 3rd box are yellow and those in the remaining box are green. In how many ways can a set of five balls be chosen? (without restriction)

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If the question is asking for the permutation, then the answer is 4^5 (since there is 4 colour and the colour can be repeated)

But the question is asking for combinations. How should I attempt this question? Should I consider cases where all colours are the same/ different, 2 same 3 different.....etc.?
 

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But the question is asking for combinations. How should I attempt this question? Should I consider cases where all colours are the same/ different, 2 same 3 different.....etc.?
yes...you can have all of same color , or two of same color and 3 of 3 different colors ans so on
 

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