# How do you write the expression for "A number decreased by 17 is less -4" than or equal to -4"?

Nov 16, 2016

Assumption that the question should read:
How do you write the expression for "A number decreased by 17 is less than or equal to -4"?

$x - 17 \le - 4$

#### Explanation:

Breaking the question down into its component parts:

A number decreased by 17" "->?-17

Is" "->?-17=?

less than or equal to " "->?-17<=?

$- 4$ " "-> ?-17<=-4

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let the unknown number (value) be $x$ giving:

$x - 17 \le - 4$