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# If you add a positive and a negative number how can you tell whether the answer will be positive negative or equal?

Updated: 4/28/2022 Wiki User

14y ago

If the negative number is bigger then the answer will be negative If the bigger number is positive then the answer will be positive. All you do is subtract the two numbers and take the sign of the bigger number Ex (+2)+(-7)=(-5) Wiki User

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Q: If you add a positive and a negative number how can you tell whether the answer will be positive negative or equal?
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Negative answer if the negative number is bigger. Positive answer if the positive number is bigger.

### What does a negative number multiplied by a negative number equal to?

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A negative number TIMES a positive number will equal a negative number. A negative number DIVIDED BY a positive number (or vice versa) will equal a negative number. With addition and subtraction, it all depends on what the numbers are.