Question: Where should I put the negative sign when I am writing a fraction like negative two thirds?

Answer: As long as you write only **one** negative sign, it does not matter where you put it.

Two ideas are useful to keep in mind during the explanation that follows:

– Subtraction is the same thing as the addition of a negative.

– The negative of a number can be created by multiplying the number by negative one.

These principles apply to fractions as well, so:

Placing the negative sign before the entire fraction (subtracting the fraction) is equivalent to adding the same fraction, but with a negative numerator. But this is not the only option…

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