# Thread: How to say negetive tempreture?

1. ## How to say negetive tempreture?

How should we read ' -5 degrees celsius' in English?

2. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

I'd use minus 5.

3. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

Five below is possible.

4. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

Originally Posted by Tdol
I'd use minus 5.
"23 degrees" is what I would call it.

A math teacher once told me it should be called "negative five" more properly. He wanted to reserve "minus" for actual math problems. It's a measure and not a mathematical operation.

But most real people would say "minus 5" or "five below."

5. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

"Minus five degrees celsius" is the full answer to your actual question. "Five below" doesn't lend itself to mentioning the units. "Five below, celsius" doesn't work. You'd have to say "Five below zero celsius".

6. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

Originally Posted by Raymott
"Minus five degrees celsius" is the full answer to your actual question. "Five below" doesn't lend itself to mentioning the units. "Five below, celsius" doesn't work. You'd have to say "Five below zero celsius".
I think in most cases, the units would be understood between speakers.

7. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
I think in most cases, the units would be understood between speakers.
Of course, but I think it's important for at least someone to answer the question asked. I've noticed that you don't give as much priority to this as I do. The question was not "How do we refer to minus five degrees celsius", but ... well, you can read the original question. The OP may have meant something else, but I don't think it's always useful in just answering the question you would have preferred asked, or assuming that OP meant something different from what they asked. Yes, there's nothing wrong with adding additional information, but I certainly think there's a place for answering the question asked as well, on the off chance that they meant what they wrote.

8. ## Re: How to say negetive tempreture?

Originally Posted by Raymott
Of course, but I think it's important for at least someone to answer the question asked. I've noticed that you don't give as much priority to this as I do. The question was not "How do we refer to minus five degrees celsius", but ... well, you can read the original question. The OP may have meant something else, but I don't think it's always useful in just answering the question you would have preferred asked, or assuming that OP meant something different from what they asked. Yes, there's nothing wrong with adding additional information, but I certainly think there's a place for answering the question asked as well, on the off chance that they meant what they wrote.
That is why there is more than one of us here.

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