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    Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this correct?

    Divide the cake into three slices.


    Among the two, which one is correct? Are the two sentences correct?

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    #2

    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    "Cut the cake into thirds" is better.

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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    Thank you


    "Divide the cake into three." is correct.

    But, "Cut the cake into thirds." is better.



    Is that what you mean?
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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    I have never heard the word "divide" used in that context.

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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    Divide is not grammatically wrong, but it is not natural. You could also say cut the cake into three (pieces/slices).

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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    "Divide it into three" is pretty common in BrE. I use it. It doesn't necessarily mean the same as cutting it into thirds. The assumption with the latter is that the thirds are of equal size. If you cut a cake into three, there could be three completely different sized pieces.
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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    It doesn't hit the spot for me- divvy it up would. It may be a regional difference.

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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    I'd use "divvy it up" too but I've always been under the impression that "divvy" (in that context) is derived from "divide".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Divide the cake into three. ==> Is this sentence correct?

    It is, but it sounds natural in a way that divide doesn't to me.

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