# How do you solve #3(x − 1) − (x + 5) = 2 #?

##### 1 Answer

Mar 18, 2016

#### Explanation:

Given

**Step 1:** Using the distributive law to simplify the expression

#3x- 3 -x -5 = 2#

**Step 2:** Combine like terms in the left hand side to get

#2x-8 = 2#

**Step 3:** Add 8 to both side, to isolate variable

#2x = 2 + 8#

#2x = 10#

**Step 4** : Divide both side by 2 to get

#x= 5#

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