# Thread: use one fourth in a sentence

1. ## use one fourth in a sentence

Hello. How can I use "one fourth" in a sentence like this:
"The number of desks is one fourth of 2x+1." or "The number of desks is one fourth 2x+1."

2. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

Usual usage would write the whole thing in numeric symbols: (1/4)(2x+1).

3. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

If you're speaking, I think it's clearer with of.

4. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

I'd use a/one quarter rather than a/one fourth.

5. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

Originally Posted by GoesStation
Usual usage would write the whole thing in numeric symbols: (1/4)(2x+1).
Originally Posted by Piscean
I'd use a/one quarter rather than a/one fourth.
The above formula can be read one fourth quantity two x plus one. Your interlocutor has to infer the closing parenthesis ("bracket" in BrE).

6. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

Originally Posted by GoesStation
Usual usage would write the whole thing in numeric symbols: (1/4)(2x+1).
Or (2x+1)
........4

I wonder what x represents.

7. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

It marks the spot.

8. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
Or (2x+1)
........4
While that formula is mathematically identical and usually preferable, it would not normally be read as one fourth quantity two X plus one.

9. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
(2x+1)
.4
When I was at school many decades ago, I would have read that as 'two-x-plus-one over four'. The hyphens are meant to suggest that I would have read these words as one unit. It would have been clear that I was not saying 'two x plus one-over-four'.

10. ## Re: use one fourth in a sentence

Originally Posted by Piscean
When I was at school many decades ago, I would have read that as 'two-x-plus-one over four'. The hyphens are meant to suggest that I would have read these words as one unit. It would have been clear that I was not saying 'two x plus one-over-four'.
A more formal reading would be [the] quantity two-x-plus-one over four. The term quantity primes the interlocutor to listen for a logical place to mentally insert the closing parenthesis (bracket).

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