# How do you translate the words into a mathematical expression: the difference of 5 and twice x?

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Aug 16, 2016

#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

Look at each phrase separately:

"Twice

The "DIFFERENCE" is the answer to a subtraction operation.

It is always used with the word "AND" indicating which two numbers must be subtracted.

The DIFFERENCE between 10 AND 7

In the context of the question it does not matter which way the terms are subtracted.

The DIFFERENCE of 5 AND "twice x" is written as: