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

Jul 8, 2016

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!