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    famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    "Another famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications is the
    exponential function."

    What does "show up" mean in the above? Does it mean "come up with" or "occur"?

    Source: Matlab Demystified.

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    How could 'come up with' possibly make sense in that sentence?

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    You need a new text.
    ... one that actually does demystify maths rather than confuse you even more.

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    How could 'come up with' possibly make sense in that sentence?
    Come up with=Encounter. We encounter with that number.

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Come up with=Encounter.
    In which dictionary did you find that definition?
    We encounter with that number.
    That means nothing.

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In which dictionary did you find that definition?
    That means nothing.
    Sorry, it is my fault that I learnt it incorrectly from some translations.

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In which dictionary did you find that definition?
    That means nothing.
    Why is "we encounter with that number" meaningless? Cannot somebody encounter with e number or pi number?

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    That's incorrect; "encounter" is a transitive verb.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/encounter

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Why is "we encounter with that number" meaningless? Cannot somebody encounter with e number or pi number?
    You can encounter the number e or the number π. If you do, you have had an encounter with the number. You cannot "encounter with​" something.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: famous number that shows up in many mathematical applications

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    That's incorrect; "encounter" is a transitive verb.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/encounter

    Does this mean that a transitive verb never take "with"? If so would you please explain simply why?

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