# How do you combine like terms in (- 2- 3i ) + ( - 8- 2i )?

##### 1 Answer
May 24, 2017

$- 5 i - 10$

#### Explanation:

You have to remember that $i$ represents $\sqrt{- 1}$ and is a complex number. In this case, combining like terms are the same as with variables.

$\left(- 2 - 3 i\right) + \left(- 8 - 2 i\right)$
$= - 2 - 3 i - 8 - 2 i$
$= - 10 - 5 i$