Write an equation to describe the
following: negative 42 is two less than four times a number.
So let’s take each word and try to
dissect what we have. Negative 42, is which is an equal
sign, two less than meaning we need to subtract two from something, four times a
number: four times 𝑥 — a number we don’t know. And we need two less than that. So we need to subtract two. Therefore, the equation to describe
this would be negative 42 equals four 𝑥 minus two.