Can You Help? Five Times The Difference Of A Number And One Yields Same Result As Twice The Same Number Increased By Three

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I can see at least 4 interpretations...

5(x-1) = 2(x+3)    (twice (the same number increased by 3), "the difference of a number and 1" = x-1)
5x-5 = 2x+6
3x = 11
x = 11/3

Or
5(x-1) = 2x+3    ((twice the same number) increased by 3)
5x - 5 = 2x + 3
3x = 8
x = 8/3

Or
5(1-x) = 2(x+3)    ("the difference of a number and 1" = 1-x)
5-5x = 2x+6
-1 = 7x
x = -1/7

Or
5(1-x) = 2x+3
5-5x = 2x+3
2 = 7x
x = 2/7

English is a terrible language for writing such problems. "The difference of a number and 1" could be taken as (n-1), (1-n) or |n-1|. |n-1| =n-1 for n>1, and 1-n for n<1.

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