**-40-(2x+5)=-61**

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