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 Question from Jude: M(3,-2) is the image of the point M under a translation by the vector (-5,2). Find the coordinates of M

Hi Jude,

The vector $(-5, 2)$ acts on the point $M$ in the plane by moving is 5 units to the left and 2 units upwards. The point $M$ is moved to $(3, -2).$

Where was $M$ before the vector acted on it?