# What is the expression that represents 3 less than the sum of 9 and x?

Oct 13, 2017

$9 + x - 3$

#### Explanation:

The word "sum" means addition, so the sum of $9$ and $x$ is $9 + x$.

The phrase "less than" means subtraction, so $3$ less than this sum is $9 + x - 3$