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# What do you do when you subtract a positive from a negative?

Updated: 9/18/2023

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Subtracting a positive from a negative. You would write (this is an example) : -7-(+9)=-16 You don't necessarily have to put the parentheses and the positive sign, though sometimes it may be required.

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