Hello everyone, first of all I am sorry for any mistakes in my message. My English is not perfect yet.

I have a question which exactly looks like this:

While solving this question, I start with parenthesis as it's how it should be according to order of operations and multiply

The problem is, I see that

Now, how am I supposed to know if that

I know it is a very basic question but I recently started learning Maths and it probably explains my confusion. Am I supposed to take the operation sign, which is minus here, into consideration while multiplying 3 by (x-2), or is it already

Thank you for your help and have a nice day!

I have a question which exactly looks like this:

**2(x-3(x-2))**so it is mainly about the use of parenthesis in Maths. Very basic question.While solving this question, I start with parenthesis as it's how it should be according to order of operations and multiply

**(x-2)**by**3**, and have**3x-6**. But when I look at the answer, I see they multiply**-3**by (x-2).The problem is, I see that

**-**as minus, rather than negative sign. Because as far as I know if it were negative then it was supposed to be written as**(-3)**in order to avoid a confusion.Now, how am I supposed to know if that

**(x-3(x-2))**is**x minus 3 times (x-2)**, or**x times negative 3 times (x-2)**?I know it is a very basic question but I recently started learning Maths and it probably explains my confusion. Am I supposed to take the operation sign, which is minus here, into consideration while multiplying 3 by (x-2), or is it already

**negative 3**there? How can I distinguish these two if they write them the same in the question?Thank you for your help and have a nice day!

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