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How many times can you subtract 3 from 33?


"How many times can you subtract 3 from 33?" is a tricky question. We think that there are three different answers to this question.

Answer 1: Once
It is once, because after you subtract 3 from 33 once, you are left with 30. Thus, you cannot subtract 3 again from 33.

Answer 2: 11 times
11 times, because 33 divided by 3 is 11. After you subtract 3, 11 times from 33, then there is nothing left to subtract from.

Answer 3: Infinite
There is nothing that says you can't keep subtracting 3 from 33 indefinitely. Just because you will end up with negative numbers doesn't mean you have to stop subtracting!





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