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# What is the rule for multiplying a negative times a positive number?

Updated: 9/18/2023

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If two numbers are multiplied and one of them is negative, the answer will turn out negative.

If the two numbers being multiplied are either both negative or both positive, the answer will turn out positive.

Example:

-2 * 2 = -4

-2 * -2 = 4

2 * 2 = 4

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