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# Is the difference of a number and its opposite negative?

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### When a negative number is subtracted from a positive number is the difference always positive?

Yes, a negative number subtracted from a positive number will always be positive. Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the opposite of the negative number. The opposite of a negative number is always positive. A positive number plus a positive number is always positive.

### Why are negative signs important?

A negative number has the opposite value of a positive number. Being a thousand dollars in debt is the opposite of having a thousand dollars in your bank account. So it's an important difference.

### Is the opposite of a negative number always sometimes or never a negative number?

never a negative number * * * * * ... true if, by opposite, you mean the additive inverse. However, the multplicative inverse is also an opposite. And the multiplicative inverse of a negative number is always negative.

### Does every number have an opposite?

It depends on what you mean by an opposite. Every real number has an additive opposite but 0 does not have a multiplicative opposite.

### Can a negative sign can be read as the opposite of?

It is the sign that is opposite, not the number But if the number magnitude is the same, it is correct to say that ,for example, negative 6 is the opposite of positive six. But negative 4 is not the opposite of negative 8, for example

### What the meaning of opposite in maths for kids to understand?

opposites somehow like a positive number is the opposite of a negative and a negative number is the opposite of a positive

### What is the opposite of a positive number?

A negative number?

### Is the difference of a number and it's opposite is negative?

Yes. Because it is pro founded to it's natural habitat in the number name of it's juice.

### What is The opposite of a negative number and why?

positive number because on a scale of zero, the negatives are going to the left side and the opposite side has the same number but opposite, in this case, negative 4 is the opposite of 4

### If a number is even then is its opposite a whole number?

It's opposite is a negative. :P