To be able to fully answer this question, you must write an equation from the word problem. Be sure to look out for words such as and, less, more, etc. to signify what mathematical symbol (-, +, *, /) you need to use in your equation.
To begin with, let's say that Marleen's age is given by x, since she is the person in the middle. If Marleen=x, then Ned could be represented by three less than x. How would you write that algebraically? Also, if Marleen=x, then Carla would be 2 more than x. How would you write that algebraically?
Hopefully you came up with these answers:
From here, we can discuss the second part of the question. If Carla's age ten years ago was equal to the age of Ned and Marleen, how can this be shown in algebraic form?
To start, we know that Carla's age equals something, so Carla= or x+2=
Then, we write what it equals. You should end up with an equation from here.
To solve the equation, use basic algebraic techniques.
If you need help with these techniques, please let me know. Also, make sure that you refer back to the question and find out how old they are now rather than how old they were ten years ago.