For some of you I'm sure this question is so stupid.

6y-2y-2y =2y

But! You have a double negative (-2 -2) so shouldn't that become an addition i.e =10y

Thanks

6y-2y-2y =2y

But! You have a double negative (-2 -2) so shouldn't that become an addition i.e =10y

Thanks

Original post by Disappointed6

For some of you I'm sure this question is so stupid.

6y-2y-2y =2y

But! You have a double negative (-2 -2) so shouldn't that become an addition i.e =10y

Thanks

6y-2y-2y =2y

But! You have a double negative (-2 -2) so shouldn't that become an addition i.e =10y

Thanks

A double negative would be something like 6y - ( -2y) (brackets inserted for emphasis) i.e. "6y minus minus-2" - the two negatives combine to form a positive i,e, 6y + 2y.

Your expression is read as "6y minus 2y minus 2y" - imagine starting with 6 apples, then subtracting 2 apples, then subtracting two apples again. There is no double negative, rather there are two negatives ("subtractions") being performed in succession

(edited 1 month ago)

Thanks for your reply

I am still not sure because there is a similar question and that becomes an addition.

Also if I put into the calculator -2-2 = -4. So in this case I am getting a double negative.

Maybe I'm just being stupid but this seems to brake the rules

Thanks 👍

I am still not sure because there is a similar question and that becomes an addition.

Also if I put into the calculator -2-2 = -4. So in this case I am getting a double negative.

Maybe I'm just being stupid but this seems to brake the rules

Thanks 👍

Original post by Disappointed6

Thanks for your reply

I am still not sure because there is a similar question and that becomes an addition.

Also if I put into the calculator -2-2 = -4. So in this case I am getting a double negative.

Maybe I'm just being stupid but this seems to brake the rules

Thanks 👍

I am still not sure because there is a similar question and that becomes an addition.

Also if I put into the calculator -2-2 = -4. So in this case I am getting a double negative.

Maybe I'm just being stupid but this seems to brake the rules

Thanks 👍

Personally, I'm not very fond of phrases like "double negative" or "two negatives make a positive" because the English language isn't as precise as we'd like it to be, and can easily be misinterpreted!

Can you post your "similar question" for comparison?

Thanks for your reply

I am still not sure because there is a similar question and that becomes an addition.

Also if I put into the calculator -2-2 = -4. So in this case I am getting a double negative.

Maybe I'm just being stupid but this seems to brake the rules

Thanks 👍

I am still not sure because there is a similar question and that becomes an addition.

Also if I put into the calculator -2-2 = -4. So in this case I am getting a double negative.

Maybe I'm just being stupid but this seems to brake the rules

Thanks 👍

(6y) + (-2y)+(-2y) = (6y)+(-4y) = 2y

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I've got it now

What you're saying makes Perfect Sense after plotting it out on a line etc

Someone just showed me just brake it up into equations of no more than two figures.

i.e

+6y-2y = +4

+4y -2y = +2

i.e 2

What you're saying makes Perfect Sense after plotting it out on a line etc

Someone just showed me just brake it up into equations of no more than two figures.

i.e

+6y-2y = +4

+4y -2y = +2

i.e 2

(edited 1 month ago)

Original post by Disappointed6

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I've got it now

What you're saying makes Perfect Sense after plotting it out on a line etc

Someone just showed me just brake it up into equations of no more than two figures.

i.e

+6y-2y = +4

+4y -2y = +2

i.e 2

What you're saying makes Perfect Sense after plotting it out on a line etc

Someone just showed me just brake it up into equations of no more than two figures.

i.e

+6y-2y = +4

+4y -2y = +2

i.e 2

So in your case, you start with 6y (or "6 apples" if you prefer something tangible!), subtract 2y ("2 apples") to get 4y ("4 apples"), then subtract 2y ("2 apples") from that intermediate result to leave a final result of 2y ("2 apples").

N,B. don't lose your y's if you're doing algebra: +6y -2y = +4y, not +4

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I've got it now

What you're saying makes Perfect Sense after plotting it out on a line etc

Someone just showed me just brake it up into equations of no more than two figures.

i.e

+6y-2y = +4

+4y -2y = +2

i.e 2

What you're saying makes Perfect Sense after plotting it out on a line etc

Someone just showed me just brake it up into equations of no more than two figures.

i.e

+6y-2y = +4

+4y -2y = +2

i.e 2

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