# How do you combine like terms in m-8m+8m+2?

Apr 4, 2017

The answer is $m + 2$

#### Explanation:

You are basically combining like terms. Think of $m$ as apples.

You have $- 8$ apples $+ 8$ apples, therefore that would equal $0$.

You have still one apple left and $2$, so

$m + 2$

You can only add and subtract like things, e.i you can't add $2$ apples to $5$ oranges and say you have $7$ oranges, that's impossible.

This is the same concept.