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    How to say this?


    How to pronounce "=" in the sentence?

    Mathematical equality is transitive, since if X=Y, and Y=Z, then X=Z.

    equals or equalizes?

    I guess it should be the first one.

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    Re: How to say this?

    Yes, equals.

    You equalize things by taking some from one and adding it to the other.

    If a small plane has 12 people sitting on one side and 4 on the other, they will move people around to equalize the weight distribution.

    (It always makes me nervous to fly on a plane that is so small that it actually matter where we are sitting.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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