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and yet there is no 4 in the question. I think the question should be worded
I am going to distinguish between the numbers by calling them the first number and the second number. Hence I want to reword the problem to say
I want to let one of the numbers be x and find an equation to solve for x. I don't know which number to call x so I am going to give both numbers a name. Let the first number be x and the second number be y. The statement then says that x is 4 less than 5 times y. 5 times y is 5y and 4 less than this is 5y  4. Thus x = 5y  4. The sum of the numbers is 26 so
So I ended with an equation for y rather than for x but if you can solve this equation for y you know the value of x since x = 5y  4. Penny  


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