# How do you write the expression for quotient of 4 and a number x increased by 6?

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Jan 12, 2017

#### Answer:

Without punctuation, the expression is ambiguous.

The quotient of 4, and a number increased by 6:

The quotient of 4 and a number, increased by 6:

#### Explanation:

This is a good example of how a lack of any punctuation make the meaning of the sentence ambiguous:

"Quotient" is the answer to a division.

The following are possible interpretations of the given expression.

Let the number be

The quotient of 4, and

The quotient of

It is important to be able to write math which is given in English

in a mathematical form, keeping the meaning exactly the same.