An **expression** is a term in mathematics that describes a group of variables, numbers and operators. Operators include division, multiplication, addition and subtraction. Variables in expression are usually denoted as x and y, but it can be and other symbol.

The expressions can be written as verbal phrase or algebraic expression. Here are some examples of algebraic expressions:

1. $\ x + 3$

2. $\frac{y}{4}$

3. $\ 21 − x$

4. $\ 8 – 2$

This **algebraic expressions** can be also written in **verbal phrase**:

1. A number x increased by 3.

2. A fourth of a number y.

3. 21 decreased by a number x.

4. 8 decreased by 2.

Note that an expression doesn’t need to include a variable to be an expression. Expressions are used to define equations. Two expressions that are equal represent an equation. Try to solve some examples.

## Verbal phrases in algebraic expressions worksheets

**Verbal expressions - sum** (146.5 KiB, 3,630 hits)

**Verbal expressions - difference** (155.5 KiB, 2,125 hits)

**Verbal expressions - product** (145.3 KiB, 1,901 hits)

**Verbal expressions - quotient** (159.0 KiB, 2,383 hits)

**Verbal expressions - square and cube** (96.3 KiB, 2,618 hits)

**Verbal expressions - equations** (116.1 KiB, 2,239 hits)

**Algebraic expressions - sum** (161.8 KiB, 1,438 hits)

**Algebraic expressions - difference** (175.9 KiB, 1,240 hits)

**Algebraic expressions - product** (160.1 KiB, 1,395 hits)

**Algebraic expressions - quotient** (182.9 KiB, 1,456 hits)

**Algebraic expressions - square and cube** (151.5 KiB, 1,607 hits)