## Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

$26$
The given description, "subtract $-31$ from $-5$" translates to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} -5-(-31) .\end{array} Since the expression $a-(-b)$ simplifies to $a+b,$ the expression above simplifies to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} -5-(-31) \\\\= -5+31 \\\\= 26 .\end{array}