How do you write the verbal phrase given: x/4- 17?

1 Answer
Jul 8, 2016

Answer:

a number #x# divided by four, minus seventeen
or
seventeen less than a quarter of a number #x#
or
a quarter of #x# take away seventeen

Explanation:

There's a variable in the expression so we can just say "a number #x#".

We are dividing that unknown number by four, so we can say #x# divided by four, or since dividing by four is multiplying by one fourth, we can say one fourth of #x# or a quarter of #x# (especially since 'of' in math means multiplication).

Then we have to subtract seventeen. We could leave it as minus seventeen at the end, or we could say seventeen less than a fourth of #x# or take away seventeen.

As can be seen, there are numerous ways to go about 'verbalizing' the expression, or any expression for that matter. Think creatively!