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    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."

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    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

    Usual usage would write the whole thing in numeric symbols: (1/4)(2x+1).
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    #3

    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

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

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    #4

    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

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

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    #5

    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Usual usage would write the whole thing in numeric symbols: (1/4)(2x+1).
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    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).
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    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

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

    I wonder what x represents.

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    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

    It marks the spot.
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    #8

    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    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.
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    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    (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'.

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    #10

    Re: use one fourth in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    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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