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# When adding a positive number to a negative number why do you always get a positive number?

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Q: When adding a positive number to a negative number why do you always get a positive number?
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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.

### What do you get when a negative number is subtracted from a positive number?

The sign of the answer will always be a positive number because subtracting a negative is the same as adding a positive (

### Is a negative number add a negative number a positive or negative answer?

Adding two negative numbers always gives a negative number.

### Does a negative number plus a negative number always a positive?

No. Adding two negative numbers will give a number which is more negative.

### What is the rule for adding a positive and negative number?

Adding a positive and negative number, the sum will always be negative. Example: 10+-20=-10 If you add two negatives, they cancel each other out making it positive.

### When you subtract a negative integer from a positive integer the result is always positive?

Yes, because subtrating a negative number is the same thing as adding a positive number.

### Do you add the positive and negative to get the neutral?

When it comes to numbers (this question was asked in the "Math and Arithmetic" category), adding a negative number to a positive number always equals a negative number.

### How do you work out how to times a positive number by a negative number?

A positive number times a positive number will always get you a positive number A negative number times a negative number will always get you a positive number (same signs will get you a positive number) but A positive number times a negative number will always get you a negative number or A negative number times a positive number will always get you a negative number (different signs will get you a negative number)

### When you add a positive and a negative what does it become?

the answer could be negative or positive depending on whether the negative number you're adding is bigger than the positive number

### Is a positive number and a negative number will always be negative?

A positive number multiplied by a negative number will always result in a negative number.

### What is positive 6 minus negative 3 equal?

Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3