If I want to find some actual meaning from an equation containing complex numbers, can I do this:

x(t) = (4 + 3i)*(exp(-2t) - exp(5it))

Re[x(t)] = Re[4 + 3i] * ( exp(-2t) - Re[exp(5it)] )

where I just take the real portion of each complex number, and drop the imaginary parts?

I feel like I'm missing something - someone let me know. Thanks!