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# How do you subtract a negative number from a positive number?

Updated: 10/24/2022

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11y ago

you subtract the numbers then he higher number to start out with is the awnser. example: negative 3 - positive 7= 3-7=4 the higher number is 7 so i is positive. the final answer is positive 4

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### Does a negative number minus a positive equal a negative?

That is correct. If you subtract a positive number from a negative number, your result is negative.

### Does a negative minus a number equal a positive?

That is correct. If you subtract a positive number from a negative number, your result is negative.

Yes.

### How do you subtract a positive number by a negative number?

A little awkwardly phrased, so I'll answer both ways. To subtract a negative from anything, add its positive. To subtract a positive from a negative, the equation is treated as though you are adding two postives, the result is negative.

### Do you add or subtract when you have a negative number and a positive?

Subtract and add the sign of the greater number.

### How do you subtract a positive and negative number?

You have to take the negative sign away from the negative number and add them.

### What happens when you subtract a positive number from a negative number?

It's the same as adding a positive number.

### What happens when you subtract a negative number from a positive number?

It's the same as adding a positive number.

### What is the answer you get when you subtract?

it depends if the numbers are positive or negative. if its a positive minus a negative, or switched, it will be the sign of the greater number.

### What happen when you subtract a positive number from a negative number?

the number gets lower

### Why does a negative number minus a positive equals a negative?

take any negative number, and subtract a positive number..that is the same as adding a negative number and two negative numbers added together are a negative number.