Could someone help me understand this. I had a question I got wrong on a test. It was, "is lx-3l = 5 true if x is -8"? I solved it by replacing x with -8 and just subtracting 3 from 8 since, at that time, it was my understanding that when a problem is in absolute value bars, the signs are ignored and every number is positive. I then came here to this website and learned that problem should have been done with the 8 being negative, so -8 - 3, which is -11, and I make is positive because of the absolute value bars. So the correct answer was false since 11 does not equal 5. With that said, I

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-8-3=-11 not 5 or -5
the |-11| does not equal 5

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