# How do you write the phrase "12 less than the product of -3 and -6" as a mathematical expression?

$\left(- 3 \cdot - 6\right) - 12$
"The product of" means that there will be numbers enclosed within parentheses which need to be multiplied. So we get $\left(- 3 \cdot - 6\right)$. "Twelve less than the product" means 12 will be subtracted from the product. So we get $\left(- 3 \cdot - 6\right) - 12$.