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    Dividing into meaning

    Hello,

    English is not my first language so recently I got the problem that I misunderstood not because of my math skills but my language skills. So I just want to confirm in here.
    Lets say in a problem
    35/5=7
    we are "DIVIDING 5 INTO 35"

    Am I correct?

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    yes, that is correct
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    Thanks.

    Personally, I would say exactly the opposite, since we dividing 35 into 5 equal parts.

    Only God knows how I managed to pass college calculus never knowing this.
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    Cool

    your statement certainly is more precise way of saying it

    English my native tongue it is heavy with iconic phrases

    what is your native tongue
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaika View Post
    English is not my first language so recently I got the problem that I misunderstood not because of my math skills but my language skills. So I just want to confirm in here.
    Lets say in a problem
    35/5=7
    we are "DIVIDING 5 INTO 35"
    As a native of the American South, many would say the same about my English.
    However, I would say that is read “35 divided by 5 is 7”.
    I might to direct someone to “Divide 35 by 5”.
    “If 35 is divided by 5 the result is 7”
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    bigwave,
    russian.. i guess my problem is trying to find logic... where there might not be one..

    Plato,
    yeah that's how I would say it as well.. but the original problem had to find the dividend so that i guess was the only way of asking it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaika View Post
    Thanks.

    Personally, I would say exactly the opposite, since we are dividing 35 into 5 equal parts.

    Only God knows how I managed to pass college calculus never knowing this.
    This is in fact how I describe the process with students,
    but it is generally worded "5 into 35", or "35 divided by 5".

    We also say "multiply by half" when we are truthfully dividing in 2,
    but worded as "divide by 2".
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    Zaika, your English is QUITE GOOD

    "What number multiplied by 5 equals 35?"
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    Oh I know the answer to this one... 7
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