# 4(2y-1) = -8(.5-y): meaning of '-4 = -4' 'solution'?

#### faith14

##### New member
4(2y-1) = -8(.5-y)

When I solve this equation I get:

8y - 4 = -4 + 8y
then if I subtract 8y from both sides of the equation I end up with

-4 = -4

Does this mean there is no solution to this problem? Or, am I doing something wrong?

Thanks!

#### jwpaine

##### Full Member
Re: 4(2y-1) = -8(.5-y)

It means that it is a true statement: both sides are equal

$$\displaystyle 4(2y-1) = -8(.5-y)$$
$$\displaystyle 8y-4 = -4+8y$$
$$\displaystyle 8y = 8y$$
$$\displaystyle y = y$$

#### faith14

##### New member
Re: 4(2y-1) = -8(.5-y)

Thanks