# How do you write the expression for Eight less than three times a number is -23?

Nov 23, 2016

$3 x - 8 = - 23$

The question does not instruct that the value of $x$ to be determined.

#### Explanation:

Splitting the question into its component parts:

Eight less than: " "-> ?-8
three times a number " "->(3xx?)-8
is -23:" "->(3xx?)-8=-23

let the unknown value be $x$ giving:

$3 x - 8 = - 23$