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    negative or minus

    Three minus five equals ____ two.
    Which word is more common, negative or minus?

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    Re: negative or minus

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    Negative is more correct. The "minus two" is implying "zero minus two". A Negative is always working in the less than zero bracket.

    Both are commonly accepted and used, I'm sure using either will not cause you any problems with understanding.

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    Re: negative or minus

    Maybe it's a regional variation, but I would only use 'minus 2' for -2. Obviously, 'negative 2' would be clear in meaning. And for temperature, you'll hear both 'minus two' and 'two below zero'.

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