Math and Arithmetic

# When subtracting a negative and a positive your answer would be a positive?

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If you are subtracting the negative from the positive, the answer will be positive. If you are subtracting the positive from the negative, the answer will be negative.

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## Related Questions Subtracting: Positive - Negative = Positive Negative - Positive = Negative No that is not the way it goes. It is positive+negetive=either counting on which integer is bigger negative+negative=positive positive+positive=positive positive x negetive=negative negative x postitve= negative negative/positive=negative positive/negative=negetive thanks The top is right though because subtracting a negative is like adding so you could never get a negative and subtracting from a positive from negative will always be a negative. The question was for integers with different signs so you don't need to do "positive + positive"  It is a double negative, subtracting is essentially adding a negative, therefore subtracting would be a negative negative number, which would be a positive, my mom helped me remember it by thinking if a bad thing happened to a bad person, it would be good, if a good thing happened to a good person it would be good, if a bad thing happened to a good person it would be bad, ect. Subtracting a negative is like adding a positive; the result will be positive. Adding a negative amount is equivalent to subtracting a positive amount. No a negative plus a negative is not a positive answer. example. -5+-2=-7 but if you are subtracting a negative number from a negative, then the second negative number would become a positive. example. -5 - -2= -5+2= =-3 The rule for subtracting negative numbers is 'when you are subtracting a negative number from a positive or negative, you must always add it.'Example: 3--3 = 3+3 = 6 Positive. A negative number added to a positive would reduce the original to a smaller positive, to zero, or to a negative depending on their relative values but subtracting a negative number from a positive number will always increase the value of the positive. Subtracting two positive fractional numbers, or adding one positive and one negative integer.  Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding the corresponding positive number:6 - (-3) = 6 + 3 adding or subtracting them, that would depend on the magnitude of the values; multiplying or dividing would yield a negative product or quotient Subtracting a negative is the same as subtracting the corresponding positive, e.g. 5 - (-2) = 5 + 2. It is the same as subtracting a positive. The sign of the answer will always be a positive number because subtracting a negative is the same as adding a positive ( "No. For instance -19 - 17 = -36. Not -2 as it may seem.-5 - 34 = -39. Even though a quick glance would make it seem to be 29"That is wrong... you are subtracting a positive from a negative the question consists of subtracting a positive from a negative. 15 {a positive} - (-5) {a negative} = 20 you minus the negative sign on the -5 to make +5 but we write it just as 5.Anyways to answer the original question. Yes Subtracting a number is the same as adding it's opposite, therefore adding a positive to a positive will always result in a positive. -18. Subtracting a positive number has the same effect as adding a negative. Subtracting a positive from a negative. You would write (this is an example) : -7-(+9)=-16 You don't necessarily have to put the parentheses and the positive sign, though sometimes it may be required. If you subtract a negative from a positive, add both of their absolute values. If you subtract a positive from a negative, add both of their absolute values and multiply by negative one. It depends on what you are doing to the two identical numbers. If you are multiplying them, it becomes a negative. If you are dividing them, it becomes a negative. If you are adding them, it will always be zero (e.g., 2+ -2 = 0, etc.). There are two ways to subtract. If you are subtracting a positive from a negative, the number remains negative. If you are subtracting a negative from a positive, or a negative from a negative, the negative becomes a positive and you just add from there. Subtracting a negative number has the same effect as adding a positive number - think of it as moving right on a number line whereas, subtracting a positive number will move you left on a number line. 51. When adding a subtracting a negative you add it as if it were positive. When adding- yes When subtracting-no When multiplying-no When dividing-yes Six minus negative four is positive ten, because subtracting a negative is the same as adding a positive. ###### AlgebraMath and ArithmeticNumbers School SubjectsBusiness & FinanceAcura Vigor Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.