Opposite numbers are numbers that are the same distance from zero on a number line, but have opposite signs (positive vs. negative).

For example, on this number line, -5 and 5 are opposites:

Both 5 and -5 are five units away from the 0.

Positive numbers sometimes have a positive (+) sign in front of them, but can be written without (5 or +5).

Negative numbers must have a negative (-) sign in front of them, -5.

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