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# Does a negative number plus a positive number equal a positive or a negative number?

It can be positive, negative, or zero, depending what numbers you add. for example, -5 + 3=-2 but -3 +5=+2

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Negative answer if the negative number is bigger. Positive answer if the positive number is bigger.

Not necessarily. A negative number plus a positive number can be negative, zero or positive.

It does not. A negative number multiplied by a negative number equals a positive number.

Because minus a negative number is equivalent to plus a positive number. So, in effect, you have a positive number plus a positive number and that is going to be positive.

It could equal both a negagtive number or a positive number. To get a definite positive or negative you times or divide. Well in addition and subtraction negative plus a negative equals a bigger negative. Kinda like -4+-4 =-8, but in multiplication and division 2 negatives equal a positive. -2 times-2 =positive 4.

No it will not.A negative number plus a negative number will be a number further from zero - even more negative!

No. The sum of two negative numbers will always be a negative number. If, however, you multiply the numbers, their product will be positive.

Negative. Adding a negative is the same as subtracting a positive. -2 + -3= -2 - 3= -5, not 1

It depends on the magnitude of the negative and positive values. Equal magnitudes equal zero. -2 + 2 = 0 Larger negative number than positive number equals a negative number. -3 + 2 = -1 Smaller negative number than positive number equals a positive number. -2 + 3 = 1

It depends. If the positive number is bigger than the negative number then it is a positive but if it's the opposite way around then it's a negative.

In addition, it depends on which is larger. In multiplication, a negative times a positive is alway negative.

It depends. It could equal either a negative number or a positive number, depending whether the negative number or the positive number is larger in absolute value. For example, -5 + 3 = -2, but -5 + 12 = +7.

a negative number plus a negative number is negative. here is a proof.(-x)+(-x)(-1)x+(-1)x-1(x+x)-1(2x)-2xa negative number times a negative number is positive though.

If the negative number is bigger, you get a negative number as an answer. If the positive number is bigger, you get a positive number as an answer.

well it depends if the negative is bigger than the positive or viseversa. lets say you have -5+7 it would equal 2. if it was -7+5 it would equal -2. In short, a positive number plus a negative number is the same thing as a positive number minus another positive number. Example: 3 + (-2) = 1 3 - 2 = 1

In this case, it would depend on how high thepositive number is. for example: negative 10 plus positive 12 would equal positive 2 because the ten negative numbers would cancel out ten of the positive twelve numbers. So the answer would be a positive number but ONLY IF you could take the sign away from the number and the positive number was higher.

It depends. If the negative number is larger than the positive number, then it will be a negative. If the positive number is larger than the negative number, then it will be a positive. Example 1: -9 + 6 = -3 Example 2: 17 + (-13) = 6

Because "minus a negative" is tha same as "plus a positive". So, a positive minus a negative is a positive plus a positive which is a positive.

A positive plus a positive will equal a positive. However a negative minus a negative will not equal a negative. It will equal a positive.

"Minus a negative number" is the same as "plus a positive number" so you have a positive plus a positive number - making a bigger positive number.

A negative plus a negative is a negative. It's like subtracting a positive number from a negative number, the answer isn't going to be positive.

6 + (-1) positive and negative will equal negative. so it's 6-1 that would equal 5. positive and positive= positive positive negative= negative negative negative = positive negative positive= negative

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