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In my algebra b ook it says if a is less than 0, the absolute value of a is negative. But I thought absolute value was always positive! Is this a goof or is there some truth to this?

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    if that is what it says, then you are indeed looking at a misprint.

    e.g.

    a = -5, so a is less than 0
    but │-5│ = +5

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