when you subtract a negative number from another negative number is it positive or negative

Guest Jan 5, 2015

#2**+5 **

It depends upon the relative sizes of the numbers:

It could be negative: -6 - (-2) = -6 + 2 = -4

If could be zero: -6 - (-6) = -6 + 6 = 0

It could be positive: -6 - (-10) = -6 + 10 = 4

If you subtract a positive number from a negative number, the answer will always be negative.

geno3141 Jan 5, 2015

#1**0 **

It's a negative number.

Try using a number line. You're at a negative number, and you're moving backward. Your number is still negative.

Hope this helps.

Guest Jan 5, 2015

#2**+5 **

Best Answer

It depends upon the relative sizes of the numbers:

It could be negative: -6 - (-2) = -6 + 2 = -4

If could be zero: -6 - (-6) = -6 + 6 = 0

It could be positive: -6 - (-10) = -6 + 10 = 4

If you subtract a positive number from a negative number, the answer will always be negative.

geno3141 Jan 5, 2015