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A negative and a negative can yield a positive result in some cases.

Subtraction

Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding its negative value, which is positive. So if the subtracted number is larger in value, the answer will be positive.

(-4) - (-3) = (-4) + 3 = (-1) * the subtracted number was not large enough

(-4) - (-8) = (-4) + 8 = 4 *the subtracted number was large enough to yield a positive

Multiplication and Division

Whenever a negative number and a negative number are multiplied or divided, the negative signs "cancel out" and the result is positive.

(-2) x (-3) = 6

(-6) / (-3) = 2

A multiplication or division involving one negative and one positive will, however, have a negative result.

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