# How do you translate word phrases to algebraic expressions: the quotient of a number and 7 added to twice the number is greater than or equal to 30?

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#### Answer:

The statement is a bit ambiguous:

#### Explanation:

This is a good example of how the absence of any punctuation leads to an ambiguous statement:

Call 'the number'

Look at the key words:

"quotient" is the answer to a division: look for the word 'and'

"twice the number" means multiply by 2, so

"greater than or equal" indicates an inequality:

The sentence above is different from

It really is about making the intention as clear as possible.

In the absence of any punctuation, I would opt for the first.