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Here the unknown variable which needs to be solved for is x.

First step: Adding 4 on both sides of the given equation.

(2 x – 4) + 4 = 26 + 4.

This gives 2 x = 30.

Now dividing both sided of the equation by 2.

This gives 2 x/ 2 = 30 / 2.

This reduces the given equation to x = 15.

Hence the solution is x = 15.

Here the variable is x; distributing the number in front of the braces.

This gives 5 (x - 2) = 5 x – 10; 6 (x + 3) = 6 x + 18.

Combining the similar terms in the equation.

This gives 5 x – 10+ 6 x + 18 = 11 x + 8

Hence the simplified form of the equation is 11 x + 8.