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-y = x-1 is a fairly simple equation at least with real integers.

I hope to help you understand the process of solving it so you can apply the thinking to increasingly difficult equations. If this equation is difficult for you, I will try to explain it simply.

let's try a simple trick. If you want to solve for y, then it's helpful to remove the negative from it.

that means you need to do the same thing to the x side, but since x is already positive it needs to change to -x to balance things out.

the equation now reads y = -x+1 because we have reversed the negative and positive values on both sides of the equation.

I hope this helps simplify the thinking behind solving an equation of this nature. The two previous answers above this one are both correct, but may be just a tad more complex than you need at this moment.

This is a student having difficulty with a basic equation. While the solution is perfect, i seriously doubt the student can follow the thinking easily. IMHO. I am no math whiz, and you are. Try to make it in simpler english? This I hope is constructive criticism from one who had a terrible set of math teachers in Texas in a 4000+ student 3 yr HS.

Thank you Gary for your comment; I always try to explain to my students at their own level, in a way that is easiest for them to understand. Can you tell me exactly where I need to improve in my answer to make it more simple/easier for the OP to understand. Is it a specific word, sentence, or equation that is confusing? I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks :)

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This is a student having difficulty with a basic equation. While the solution is perfect, i seriously doubt the student can follow the thinking easily. IMHO. I am no math whiz, and you are. Try to make it in simpler english? This I hope is constructive criticism from one who had a terrible set of math teachers in Texas in a 4000+ student 3 yr HS.

Thank you Gary for your comment; I always try to explain to my students at their own level, in a way that is easiest for them to understand. Can you tell me exactly where I need to improve in my answer to make it more simple/easier for the OP to understand. Is it a specific word, sentence, or equation that is confusing? I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks :)