# How do you translate "8 times a number, x, decreased by y" into a algebraic expression?

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Jan 3, 2016

#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

Let me divide the dialogue in two parts

"8 times" means "8 multiplies by", "a number x" means "the number with which 8 is being multiplied is x".

Therefore, "8 times a number x" means "8 multiplied by x"

(ii)

"decreased" means "minus", "by y" means "y"

Therefore, "decreased by y" means "

Therefore, the whole sentence represents