a plus times a plus is a plus.
a plus times a minus is a minus.
a minus times a minus is a plus.
Works just as well as:
a plus times a plus is a plus.
a plus times a minus is a plus.
a minus times a minus is a minus.
(-a)(-b) = (-1)(-a)(-1)(-b) = (-1)(-1)(-a)(-b)
= (-a)(-b) = (-1)(-ab) = -ab = -ab
(-3 lots of) 5
-5-5-5
-3 (lots of 5)
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