# If 16 less than a number is equal to - 19, then what is the number?

Jan 4, 2018

$- 3$

#### Explanation:

"$16$ less than a number equals $- 19$" means that if we subtract $16$ from the number, it equals $- 19$.

Let's say that the number is $x$, so

$x - 16 = - 19$

$x = - 19 + 16$

$x = - 3$