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I have a problem with this sentence.

"If 9 is subtracted from the sum of two consecutive even integers, the result is 3 more than the larger of the integers. Find the integers."

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$n + (n +2) -9= 3+(n+2)$ $$$$ :)

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That might be a little generous, given how much you gave... –  The Chaz 2.0 Sep 20 '11 at 22:18

Break it up into steps.

"the sum of two consecutive even integers" = (2n)+(2n+2)

"9 subtracted from the sum of two consecutive even integers"= (2n)+(2n+2)-9

"the larger of the integers" = (2n+2)

"three more than the larger of the integers" = (2n+2) +3.

Putting it all together: $(2n)+(2n+2)-9=(2n+2)+3$

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And remember that $n$ isn't one of the integers! –  The Chaz 2.0 Sep 20 '11 at 22:21

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