# How do you simplify 4x – 2(x + 4)?

Mar 11, 2018

$2 x - 8$

#### Explanation:

Our first objective should be to distribute the $2$ to the terms inside the parenthesis. This is just multiplying the $2$ by the terms in the parenthesis. We get:

$4 x - 2 x - 8$

We now combine like terms to get:

$2 x - 8$

Whenever we have problems like these, we distribute first and then combine our like terms.