# How do you find the sum -3+(-8)?

Mar 7, 2018

-8

#### Explanation:

If you were subtracting it would look like this:

$- 3 - - 8$

and the 2 negative signs between 3 and 8 would turn into a positive sign

But since the formatting is like this

$- 3 + \left(- 8\right)$

We are specifically adding two negative numbers, the answer is a negative number

$8 + 3 = 11$

while

$- 3 + \left(- 8\right) = - 11$