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how do you solve this multi-step equation

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Hi Charma;
OOPS!  I MADE A MISTAKE.  THANK YOU NATALIYA!
-40-(2x+5)=-61
Let's eliminate the parentheses...
-40-2x-5=-61
Let's combine like terms...
-45-2x=-61
Let's add 45 to both sides...
45-45-2x=-61+45
-2x=-16
Let's divide both sides by -2...
(-2x)/-2=-16/-2=8

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