# How do you translate word phrases to algebraic expressions: six less than a number?

Jun 21, 2018

$x - 6$

#### Explanation:

substitute numbers in, write down EXACTLY what you do and then replace numbers with letters

What is 6 less than 20?

20-6=14 because less than means subtract

Now replace 20 with the letter $x$

$x - 6$ we do not have an answer as we do not have a value for $x$

Jun 21, 2018

Six less than ->?-6
a number$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{d..d}} \to x - 6$