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how do you solve this multi-step equation

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

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Vivian L. | Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay composition, math; I LOVE TO TEACHMicrosoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay comp...
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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
Nataliya D. | Patient and effective tutor for your most difficult subject.Patient and effective tutor for your mos...
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- 40 - (2x + 5) = - 61

- 40 - 2x - 5 = - 61

- 2x - 45 = - 61

- 2x = - 61 + 45

- 2x = - 16

x = -16 / (- 2)

x = 8