# Question #f3bc9

Sep 28, 2017

$x = - \frac{1}{3}$

#### Explanation:

$- 8 x - 5 + 3 x = 7 + 4 x - 9$

First, you start by combing like terms.

$- 5 x - 5 = - 2 + 4 x$

Then, start canceling terms out, you can start with any number. I did $4 x$ first. You cancel out by subtracting both sides by $4 x$. Now you have

$- 9 x - 5 = - 2$

Cancel out the next term, I did $- 5$. Add $5$ to both sides AKA inverse operations, and you get

$- 9 x = 3$

Then divide both sides by $- 9$ to get $x$ by itself. This will give you

$x = - \frac{1}{3}$