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ok start by distributing again

^ Must use the distributive property first. (To get rid of those complex parenthesis!)

You need to use the distributive
property on both sides of the equation first. -2(2x+5) and -3(x-1)

I'm not sure I can correctly distribute this question

so now what do we do?

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Combine like terms.

what is:
-10-3=...?

-7

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no, it is:
-10 -3 = -13

When you're in debt by $10, and get another loan for $3, you're in a total of 13$ of debt.

Oh okay.

IF you do it correctly^^

How would I do that?

divide right?

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Now what do you do?

divide ?

try to subtract 7x from both sides, please

Oh, would you like me to do it the other way? @Michele_Laino

sorry you are right! @Aureyliant

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Now what do you get? @FEARLESS_JOCEY

Absolutely!

Sorry I ran out of room but we're almost done…
We would get:
-16 = 7x

Wait… did I do something wrong? The answer isn't in any of the answer choices.

okay, and we divide right?

Yes :)

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I'm not to sure how to divide it when it is a negative number.

Yes… you did. The answer is x = -16. I checked my work and I didn't see anything incorrect.

@Michele_Laino Do you see where I may have gone wrong?

I'm pondering...@Aureyliant

Oh! I see where i went wrong. It was supposed to be -3x + 4x = 1x.

I forgot the negative three. I apologize.

I got thise expression:
-4x-13=-3x+3
then adding 4x to both sides, we get:
-13=x+3

this*

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I sincerely apologize… I've never made this kind of silly mistake before

Great job catching my mistake though Vet! :)

no worries :) @Aureyliant

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I understand it.

No… I didn't. The answer is B.

I'm not sure if it is B or D now. Lol, I'm so confused

I think they set it up that way to make it confusing for the student.

No, that was when I was combining like terms after distribution.

-3 was already there since the beginning.

There are 2 "-3"s

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Look… Let me do the problem again.

OMG you are so right I am so sorry i feel like a moron! @FEARLESS_JOCEY the answer is B

You don't need to work it out again I understand where i messed up

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Too late haha :)

Such a long thread. Well that's all for now… TEAMWORK! Hope this helped, Jocey! :)

Tag me if you need any more help.

okay I will. THANKS GUYS!