# How do you write word phrases for these expressions: #3+a#?

##### 1 Answer

Aug 30, 2016

An expression something like:

The sum of 3 and a number.

#### Explanation:

In algebra we refer to a variable as "a number"

The operation "+" can be said as any of the following:

"the sum of"

"added to"

"increased by"

"more than"

So, to express

The sum of 3 and a number.

A number added to 3.

3 increased by a certain number

3 more than a number