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7 - 3 = 4, 8 - 5 = 3, 9 - 8 = 1

Conclusion: the difference of two positive numbers is always positive.

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  1. 2 - 3 = -1

    Oops.

    If by difference, you mean the larger minus the smaller, the conclusion is true.

    Technically, though, the difference is

       minuend
    - subtrahend
    -----------------
    difference

    So it matters which is which.

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  2. State a conclusion that seems reasonable.

    You eat a new kind of fruit and suffer from hives for the first time in your life. A week later, you try the fruit and the hives recur. A month later, you have a similar experience.

    Conclusion:

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  3. my first guess is you are allergic to that fruit.

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    posted by Steve
  4. Counterexample: Any difference between a smaller number and a larger one will produce a negative number. e.g. 3-7=-4

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