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John’s bank is overdrawn. After he makes a $120 deposit, John sees that his account still is overdrawn by $75. So what was John's balance before making his deposit?

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The original balance was overdrawn by $195.

explanation

Translate the words into an equation.

Let B represent the original balance.

Original Balance+ John Deposit=Current Balance

B + $120 = −$75

To isolate un unknown value B, subtract 120 from both sides.

B+120-120=-75-120

Simplify both sides.

B=-195

The original balance was overdrawn to the tune of $195.

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