# How do you simplify 2x - 5 - 4x +8?

Mar 7, 2018

$2 x - 5 - 4 x + 8 = \textcolor{red}{- 2 x + 3}$

#### Explanation:

Given
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}} 2 x - 5 - 4 x + 8$
Re-arrange to group terms with common variables
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}} = \textcolor{b l u e}{2 x - 4 x} \textcolor{m a \ge n t a}{- 5 + 8}$

$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}} = \textcolor{b l u e}{- 2 x} \textcolor{m a \ge n t a}{+ 3}$