There is a missing operator between the "x" and the "3". If the missing operator is + (plus) than: |2x + 3| > 9 That will happen if either 2x + 3 > 9 or X >3 or if 2x + 3 < -9 (and the absolute value will turn it to >9) in that case x < -6 And togethe the answer is: X either > 3 or ...