# How do you translate "7 less than twice a number and k" into a mathematical expression?

##### 1 Answer

Jul 30, 2016

There are two different interpretations:

#### Explanation:

In the absence of any punctuation which would indicate exactly what is meant, this statement could be read as:

"7 less than, twice a number and k"

"7 less than ...." means subtract 7 from a number.

"Twice a number means "2 times a number"

"Twice a number and

Use

Putting these phrases together gives

the statement could also be read as:

"7 less than, twice, a number and k"