Math English I'm trying to teach my son math English , but I'm not sure if those sentences are native: 2+3=5 a: two plus three is five b: two plus three makes five c. two plus three equals five d. two and three is five e. please tell me how to ask the value , for example maybe : what's two plus three ? 5-3=2 a1: five minus three is two b1: five minus three makes two c1:five minus three equals two d1: what's five minus three ? 3x5=15 a2: three fives fifteen b2: three fives is( makes ) fifteen c2: three by five is(makes) fifteen d2 : three times five equals( is/makes) fifteen e2: what's three fives ? / what's three times five ? 6/2=3 a3: six divided by two is(equals/makes ) three b3: what's six divided by three ? 10/3= 3...1 a4: ten divided by three is (makes/equals) three with a remainder of one Could you please which sentences are most commonly used ? or please tell me other options, thank you so much
Jun 26, 2019 1:41 PM
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As a guy with a university degree in science and math, I recommend using UN-natural language at first. That is, always translate the math symbols into the same English words every time. "times" "equals" "plus" "minus" "divided by". Later on, you could add more natural English wording. "Natural English wording", by the way, is often regional, so if you value British English or American English more, you may want to ask the right speakers. Regarding questions, I'd say usually go with "What's ___?": "What's 3 times five?" It would also be natural to say "3 times five equals ...?" , expecting your child to finish the sentence.
June 26, 2019
Hi there, (2+3=5) I would say ‘two plus three is five.’ Another common native alternative to ‘plus’ is ‘add’. eg. ‘two add three is five.’ ‘Two plus three equals five’ is also frequently said. ‘What’s two plus three?’ is perfect. (5-3=2) Again, ‘five minus three is/equals two.’ ‘What’s five minus three?’ is perfect. (3x5=15) My most natural phrase is ‘three fives ARE fifteen’. ‘Three fives IS fifteen’ doesn’t make sense grammatically. ‘Three times five equals fifteen’ is also good. I would personally never say ‘five by three’ to a younger child, only to older teenagers. ‘What’s five times three?’/‘Five threes are...?’/‘Three fives are...?’ is how I would best ask the question. (6/2=3) All suggestions fine. (10/3=3... 1) I would tend towards using ‘equals’ for this one. As you can see, I find it more natural to use ‘is/equals’, rather than ‘makes’. However, makes is also definitely acceptable. Hope this helps!
June 26, 2019
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June 26, 2019
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