# How do you translate "16 less than the sum of three and a number" into a mathematical expression?

Jan 21, 2016

=(3+ color(blue)(x)) - color(green)(16

#### Explanation:

Let us denote the number as color(blue)(x

1) Sum of three and the number
=3+ color(blue)(x

2)16 less than sum of three and the number:

=(3+ color(blue)(x)) - color(green)(16