# How do you simplify #-14 - 21 #?

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Apr 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

#### Explanation:

You can think about this in two ways:

- Using directions on the number line:

A negative number means you are moving to the LEFT, going DOWN the number line.

"Go

Altogether this will be

- Negative numbers can also be considered as debts:

You have borrowed money which needs to be repaid.

Read this as "I borrowed $14 and then another $21"

Altogether I have borrowed $35.

You can write this as an ADDITION of two negative numbers: