# Question #bedf5

Oct 4, 2016

7 less than 8 is 1

#### Explanation:

We need to be able to express different operations and calculations in English as well as in Math.

You would not have hesitated in calculating $8 - 7 = 1$!

But what does the math calculation mean?

In $8 - 7 = 1$

We are doing all of the following....

Subtract 7 from 8 to get 1
7 less than 8 is 1 $\text{ } \leftarrow$ this was the question asked
The difference between 8 and 7 is 1
8 take away 7 leaves 1
8 reduced by 7 leaves 1
8 subtract 7 leaves 1
If 7 of 8 are used, there is still 1 left

If you practise at reading maths expressions in English, then you will understand so much more of what is written in math language