Verbal phrases in algebraic expressions

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.

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