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When you subtract a negative number from a positive number is the difference is always positive?

and i just learned positives and negatives so could you not make it too hard. thx

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Yes, it is, because subtracting a negative number is always equivalent to adding the positive version (2- -1 = 2+1 = 3)

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It depends how much is subtracted from the positive number and how big the negative and positive numbers are

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That's wrong.
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-3 - 5 is -7, the answer will always be negative if a positive is subtracted from a negative number

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The 5 in that equation is positive...
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Yeah? Subtract a Negative number(-3) by a positive number(5) and you get -7
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The example is different from the way the problem is stated.
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Yes if you mean like this 4--3. Four MINUS negative 3. Whenever you see two negative signs together, it means you turn the signs into plus, and you are now just adding. Our answer is 7. So in those cases yes, it would always be positive. If you are simply adding two negatives like this -3-4 then it will stay negative. It's like being negative three degrees outside, and getting negative four degrees colder, making it -7 degrees.

It always helps to imagine a number line.

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Yes. MissRia and zagster have good examples.

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