# How would you write the english phrase for the algebraic expression 3w-16?

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Oct 24, 2014

I would take 3w - 16 and reverse the order by stating "sixteen less than three times a number."

3w is "3 times a number"
-16 is "sixteen less than"

You could also write is as, "the difference between three times a number and 16."

The word difference means to subtract .