# How do you reduce #-\frac { - 64} { 4}#?

##### 1 Answer

#### Explanation:

When dealing with numbers for multiplication or division you do it in 2 stages.

Stage 1: the signs

Stage 2: the numbers.

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We have 2 negatives so 2 negatives make a positive.

Negative is a state (where it is on the number line)

Minus is an action. It means 'remove'. So 3-2 is

3 remove 2 leaving 1. Where as -2 on its own is negative 2

Sometimes you will see the format: negative 3 written as

However, this is not very commonly done.

Having said this, people will insist on saying minus 3 when they should say negative 3.

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