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Many people like to use debt to help students understand negative numbers. When doing so, it is important to keep in mind that representing debt with negative numbers is a convention, and that it would be possible to talk about debt without ever using negative numbers. For example, if I borrow $30 from my cousin, I owe her +30 dollars. If I give her $40, then she owes me +10 dollars.

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