Posted by **lily** on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:28pm.

in algebra if you have a problem like

-2+2 will the answer be negative or positive? can you please explain why

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:32pm
If you have 2 dollars and give away 2 dollars, you have 0.

However, if you have 2 dollars and owe your mom 3 dollars, you have - 1.

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**lily**, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:33pm
i don't understand

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:39pm
You have 2 dollars >> + 2

You give away your 2 dollars >> - 2

You have no money left >> 0

However, if you have 2 dollars and owe your mom 3 dollars, you'll still owe her 1 dollar >> 2 - 3 = -1

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**Jason**, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 4:51pm
Your answer will be zero. When you have a negative number like that in the beginning, you can make the problem much simpler by changing it. To change the problem, circle each number with the sign directly in front of it. So in this problem, circle the "-2" and the "+2". Now, rearrange these two numbers with their signs so you have "+2" "-2" Take away the circles, and your new problem is +2-2. Since positive 2 is just 2 your problem ends up as 2-2 which = 0

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**lily**, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 5:25pm
thank you

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:03pm
You're welcome.

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