# How do you simplify (6x + 14) - (9x + 5)?

Jun 9, 2015

Distribute the negative sign and combine like terms.

#### Explanation:

First, distribute the negative sign:

$\left(6 x + 14\right) - \left(9 x + 5\right) = \left(6 x + 14\right) - 9 x - 5$

Now you don't need either parentheses:

$= 6 x + 14 - 9 x - 5$

$= 6 x - 9 x + 14 - 15 = - 3 x - 1$. Finis!