how do you solve the problem

(3x+2) - 2(x+4)=7

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First start by simplifying the right hand side:

(3x + 2) - 2(x+4)

= 3x + 2 - 2x - 8 (multiply through second part by -2)

= x - 6 (combine like terms)

Now we just have to solve: x - 6 = 7

**x = 13** (add 6 to each side)

`(3x+2) - 2(x+4)=7`

`3x+2-2x-8=7 ` combine like terms

`3x-2x+2-8=7`

x-6=7 now add 6 on both sides

+6 +6

**x=13**

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