# How do you write a variable expression for the word phrase "three times the quantity 2 plus a"?

Feb 4, 2017

See the entire solution process below:

#### Explanation:

First, start with "the quantity of 2 plus a#. This can be written as:

$2 + a$

Now "three times" means to multiple this quantity by $3$ which can be written as:

$3 \left(2 + a\right)$ or $3 \times \left(2 + a\right)$