Originally Posted by

**mariam90**
sorry or replying late i have problem with internet connection i there any formula for solving this question i am confused between "a " and "d" .

Can you confirm my guess that it really said this?

David has 4 less than one-half the number of balloons that Kate has . If David has d balloons and Kate has k balloons, which of the following equations correctly expresses the relationship between d and k?

Denis pointed out the difference in the symbols; to match that with the English, you need to look at how the words link together. You have:

David has 4 less than one-half the number of balloons that Kate has

That is,

d is **4 less than **__one-half of k__

There is a subtraction (4 less) and a multiplication (1/2 of). Which should be done first?

Suppose you start with k. What will you do to find the value of d?

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