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    3,2th entry of the matrix? English grammar

    Hi there

    If one wants to adress the value of a system matrix namely m_{2,3}=5. How is the perfect English sentence?

    Someone told me that saying "the matrix entry 2,3 of M is five." was wrong. What would a grammatically correct sentence be like in English?

    "The 2,3th entry of the matrix M is five." or what is your advise?

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    Re: 3,2th entry of the matrix? English grammar

    I am a native English speaker. I can't claim authority for the entire English speaking peoples though.

    If I had to speak of a matrix entry in the matrix M in spoken English I would say

    "M 2 3 is 5."

    I would indicate index boundaries with a slight pause.
    I wouldn't use the word entry as it's redundant.

    I wouldn't use ordinal endings like "nd", or "th" because they are unnecessary and confusing.
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    Re: 3,2th entry of the matrix? English grammar

    Equivalently, "M sub 3, 2 is 5".
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    Re: 3,2th entry of the matrix? English grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy View Post
    Equivalently, "M sub 3, 2 is 5".
    That's what I would say as well if being concise. Being very careful to avoid confusion, I would say: "The cell in the third row and second column of the matrix contains 5."
    Last edited by JeffM; Nov 29th 2015 at 04:23 PM.
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