# How do you simplify –| –4 |?

Aug 26, 2016

$- 4$

#### Explanation:

Note that for the $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{absolute value}}$

$| 4 | = 4 \text{ and } | - 4 | = 4$

The absolute value gives the distance a value is from the origin with no consideration of direction.

$\Rightarrow - | - 4 | = - \left(4\right) = - 4$