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    #1

    About "number"

    Hi,
    I found a sentence in a book. Please help me to check, thanks.
    --- Mother divided the cake into fourths.
    Is it saying "Mother divided the cake into four parts" ?

    If I want to indicate a group of thing, not a individual, can I express that way?
    --- Mother divided the cakes into fourths.
    --- Mother divided the cakes into four parts

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    Re: About "number"

    I'd say

    'Mother cut the cake into four.'

    Or

    'Mother cut the cake into quarters.'

    In both cases you can add s to cake.

    If there are say 12 small cakes to share between four people, you could say

    'Mother divided the cakes into four, giving each person three of them'.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: About "number"

    Fourths sounds strange to me. I would do the same as Rover.

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    Re: About "number"

    The sentence in the book seems to be Chinese-Engllish. Actually, it is from a grammer book, chapter of numberal. I am worry it will misguide many learner. Anyway, your way is more understandable and concise, thanks a lot.

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