# How do you define a variable and write an algebraic expression for the phrase: The difference of 8 and a number?

##### 1 Answer
Oct 15, 2015

The answer is: $8 - n$

#### Explanation:

The variable could be anything I just put $n$ because number starts with n. The expression: you are subtracting a number from eight. When they say difference or quotient the number that comes first in the phrase comes first in the expression.

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