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

##### 1 Answer

Jul 8, 2016

a number

*or*

seventeen less than a quarter of a number

*or*

a quarter of

#### 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!