-(31 - 2x + 1)

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Distribute the negative sign across the parantheses by multiplying all the terms inside by -1. The -1 is implied by the negative sign in front.

-1*31 + -1*-2x + -1*1 =

-31+2x-1 Put the like terms together (the numbers) -31-1=-32

-32+2x is the answer.

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