One number is 4 less than 3 times another If the sum of the numbers is 36, what are the two numbers?

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MeriAfonso

Let's start by assigning variables for each of the numbers. Let the first one be x, the second one be y.
x + y = 36
x = 3y - 4
Now we solve using substitution.
3y - 4 + y = 36
This simplifies into:
4y = 32
y = 8.
Now we need to solve for x.
36 - 8 = 28 (because x + y = 36)
x = 28