# Verbal expressions.

• Jan 31st 2007, 03:06 PM
Ash
Verbal expressions.
I'm suppose to, translate the given verbal expressions into algebraic expressions. Let n represent the number. Simplify the expression, if possible.

I'm not sure if I answered them correctly. Is there any key things to look at when translating verbal expressions into algebraic expressions???

#1 The quotient of twice the number and 12 =2n/12

#2 The product of the number and the number increased by 4 =n(n+4)

#3 Three times the number plus the number itself = 3n+n = 4n

#4 Eight more than the number less twice the number =(n+8) not sure how to apply the, "less twice the number???"
• Jan 29th 2013, 03:37 PM
Liang
Re: Verbal expressions.
#'s 1, 2, and 3 are right. "Less twice the number" means subtract that from twice the number, so 2n-(n+8). There isn't much of a trick to understanding verbal expressions. You just have to know what you're doing.
• Jan 29th 2013, 04:08 PM
emakarov
Re: Verbal expressions.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ash
#4 Eight more than the number less twice the number =(n+8) not sure how to apply the, "less twice the number???"

This is (n + 8) - 2n, not the other way around. The Free Dictionary gives this example: "Five less two is three."