# What are the different strategies used to solve a word problem?

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Here's a word problem to start with.

Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was $14 less than twice what she spent for a blouse. How much was the blouse?

Source: http://www.themathpage.com/alg/word-problems.htm

First, identify what the question is asking for.

Jane spent $42 for shoes. This was $14 less than twice what she spent for a *blouse* . *How much was the blouse?*

Next, identify the numbers.

Jane spent **$42** for shoes. This was **$14** less than twice what she spent for a *blouse* . *How much was the blouse?*

Next, identify the key words. These include add, subtract, remove, spend, earn, less, more, times, twice, half, etc.

Jane spent **$42** for shoes. This was **$14** **less** than **twice** what she spent for a *blouse* . *How much was the blouse?*

Finally, convert everything into an equation.

Now, solve the equation.

The blouse was 28 dollars.