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# Does a negative subtracted from a negative equals in a negative in algebra?

Updated: 8/17/2019

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It can. Negative 2 minus negative 1 = negative 1.

However, it sometimes might be positive. Negative 5 minus negative 16 = positive 11.

If you have two equal negative variables, such as -a - -a, you will get -2a. -2a may still be positive though, if a is a negative number. An example of having two unequal negative numbers is -a - -b, which is -a + b. That may be positive or negative depending on what a and b are equal to.

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