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    sign/mark/symbol

    We use "X" as the ---for an unknown quantity.

    1. sign
    2. mark
    3. symbol
    4. any better suggestions?

    Pick the appropriate answer(s). Please explain your answer especially for those don't fit.

    Thanks

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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    Would context help?

    Ex: We use the symbol "X" to mark (write), or represent an unknown quantity.


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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    Hi Soup.

    Is it OK to say the following:

    We use the sign "X" to represent an unknown quantity.
    We use the mark "X" to represent an unknown quantity.

    Why not if the answer is NO.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    All three work, but symbol 'X' is a collocation.


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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    Hi soup.

    What's a collocation? Please explain.

    Why isn't the mark/sign X a collocation?

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    To mark an X or to sign an X are also collocations, but for these the words 'mark' and 'sign' function as verbs. The symbol "X" can also be called 'a mark' or 'a sign'; however, the pattern 'symbol X' is more common, which is why it is called a collocation; i.e., words that often seem to occur naturally together.

    For a definition and examples, click here Collocations
    For exercises, click here Collocations



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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    Hi soup.

    Is it OK to say the following?

    1. We mark an "X" to represent an unknown quantity.

    2. We sign an "X" to represent an unknown quantity.

    3. We mark an "X" for an unknown quantity.

    4. We sign an "X" for an unknown quantity.


    Thanks

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    Re: sign/mark/symbol

    Yes. They're all OK, but 'use the symbol X' is more common/commoner.


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