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    Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

    Three friends are buying a gift for a friend. Declan contributes 4 dollars
    more than 1/4 the cost of the gift, Ed contributes 1 dollar less than 1/3 the
    cost of the gift, and Frank contributes the remaining 22 dollars. What is the
    cost of the gift?

    Let x = gift cost
    Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x
    So x = 60

    I read the red part above as follows:
    Let x equal gift cost
    Equation equals 4 plus 1 over 4x plus 1 over 3x miuns 1 plus 22 equals x
    So x equals 60.

    Are there any errors in my reading?
    Last edited by sitifan; 26-Oct-2015 at 13:11.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

    gurpreetgill4u, please wait for teachers to reply before guessing.

    This is not a maths forum, and sitifan is not asking about solving the problem. He/she wants to know how to read the solution.

    I would read the second line as The equation is open brackets 4 plus 1 over 4x close brackets plus open brackets 1 over 3x minus 1 close brackets plus 22 equals x.

    There's probably a better way.

    (Not a mathematician.)




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    Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

    How should I pronounce the last consonant of close in close brackets? [z] or [s]?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Oct-2015 at 19:08. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.
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    Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

    It's the verb. It has the /z/ sound.

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    Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

    Sorry,Rover_KE,I will keep that in mind.

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    #6

    Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

    I'd say:
    Let x equal the cost of the gift.
    The equation is the quantity four plus one-quarter x plus the quantity one-third x minus one plus twenty-two equals x.

    Of course the parentheses aren't mathematically needed when it's all addition and subtraction.
    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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