# Solving for a variable

Solve for y:

2x - 5y = -1

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2x - 5y = -1

Adding 5y to both sides of the equation gives:

2x - 5y + 5y = 5y - 1

Now -5y + 5y on the left hand side of the equation is equal to zero therefore the equation becomes:

2x = 5y - ...

#### Solution Summary

This shows how to solve for y in a linear equation.

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