# Thread: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

1. ## The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

Hi,

The result of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3, can I say "The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3"?

Thanks.

2. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

No, you can't.

Note that you have a comma splice in your question. The comma needs to be at least a semi-colon.

3. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

Originally Posted by Piscean
No, you can't.

Note that you have a comma splice in your question. The comma needs to be at least a semi-colon.

Thanks.

If I don't want to use the word "result" to express the result of subtracting one number from another, what other words can be used to express the same meaning?

For stock ABC:
The current share price is \$20, and the last share price is \$30. In this case, I can use "Price Change" to express the result: Price Change = Current Share Price - Last Share Price

But I want to use a common name to express the result of subtracting X from Y where X and Y can be anything. In other words, the common name should be suitable for any case.

[Common Name] = Y - X
[Common Name] = 5 - 2
[Common Name] = Current Share Price - Last Share Price

I wan to express the difference between two items, and this difference is based on the subtraction.

4. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

Here is some terminology. Most native speakers won't know what you are talking about if you use it.

5. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

Originally Posted by Piscean
Here is some terminology. Most native speakers won't know what you are talking about if you use it.
Can you explain more about why you don't know what I am talking about? I want to know what's wrong in my expression.
Thanks.

6. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

I think the following definition is not commonly used in calculation.

'Margin
5. an amount or degree of difference' ── quoted from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/margin

7. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

Use the word 'Total' for the common name.

(not a teacher)

8. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

Originally Posted by fenglish
If I don't want to use the word "result" to express the result of subtracting one number from another, what other words can be used to express the same meaning?
2 from 5 makes 3.

9. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

5 minus 2 is 3.
5 take away 2 is 3.

(That's how I would say it in BrE).

10. ## Re: The margin of subtracting 2 from 5 is 3

The "last share price" is the "current share price". The "last share price" remains the same until a new transaction is made. The value of that transaction then becomes the "last share price." In fact there is no current share price; there are only offers (to sell) and bids (to buy). That is why the "last share price" is used as an indicator of what the stock is worth. If someone mentions the "current share price", they are most likely referring to the last share price.

http://markets.theaustralian.com.au/...k-of-australia
Eg., on this page in the top left, the big number is the "last share price" for Commonwealth Bank, also the "closing share price" for Friday.

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