Logic Level 1

$\Huge 9 \ \ 9 \ \ 9 \ \ = \ \ 9 \ \ 9 \ \ 8$

Do there exist operations that can be performed to make this equation true?

Any operations can be used on both sides of this equation, so get creative! 

Inspired by many Brilliant users' solutions:

If you're looking for a more specific challenge, is it possible to...

(1) Use only the 4 basic, arithmetic operators $$(+, -, \times, \div)$$ and no parentheses?

(2) Use the permutations operator $$(n \textbf{P} r)$$ and/or the factorial operator to make this equation true?

(3) Make both sides $$= 10, 1, 0, \text{or } -1$$

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