# How do you translate "#5m^2+2#" into a verbal expression?

##### 1 Answer

Jun 25, 2015

#### Answer:

How about: "five times the square of

Without the comma it could mean

Or you could use: "multiply

#### Explanation:

Even "two more than five times the square of

This all really highlights the ambiguity of our language when trying to describe precise mathematical expressions - which is why we tend to use symbols instead.