Mathematical Equations in English

As ESL learners, have you ever thought of how to pronounce mathematical equations. We list many examples to demonstrate how to pronounce basic equations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

"Plus" and "and" are both used to add numbers. "Plus" is more common. We use "minus" to subtract numbers. If a number is negative, simply use "negative" before the number. The symbol "=" is pronounced as "equals." In a more casual manner, you may use "is" referring to "equals."

Listen to addition and subtration

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01.

How much is 1 plus 2?

02.

What is 1 plus 2? (more common)

03.

1 + 2 = 3 (One plus two

**equals**three.)04.

1 + 2 = 3 (One plus two

**is**three.)05.

1 + 2 = 3 (One

**and**two is three.)06.

9 + 8 = 17 (Nine

**plus**eight equals seventeen.)07.

23 + 46 = 69 (Twenty-three

**plus**fourty-six equals sixty-nine.)08.

What is 8 minus 2?

09.

8-2 = 6 (Eight

**minus**two equals six.)10.

8-2 = 6 (Eight

**minus**two is six.)11.

16-7 = 9 (Sixteen

**minus**seven equals nine.)12.

30-45 = -15 (Thirty

**minus**forty-five equals**negative**fifteen.)Listen to multiplication and division

When multiplying numbers, you can use "times" and "multiplied by." The phrase "divided by" is used to divide numbers.

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13.

What is 7 times 3?

14.

7 x 3 = 21 (Seven

**times**three equals twenty-one.)15.

7 x 3 = 21 (Seven

**multiplied by**three equals twenty-one.)16.

8 x 9 = 72 (Eight

**times**nine equals seventy-two.)17.

30 x 4 = 120 (Thirty

**times**four equals one hundred and twenty.)18.

What is 6 divided by 2?

19.

6 / 2 = 3 (Six

**divided by**two is three. )20.

72 / 9 = 8 (Seventy-two

**divided by**nine is eight.)21.

100 / 4 = 25 (One hundred

**divided by**four equals twenty-five.)Listen to squared and cubed

Below is a list of more examples of mathematical equations. If you don't have any ideas about the terms of square root, squared, cubed, etc, please have a look at the illustration above.

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22.

The

**square root**of 9 is 3.23.

5

**squared**is 25.24.

2

**cubed**equals 8.25.

2 to

**the power of 10**is 1024.26.

2 to

**the 10th power**is 1024.27.

16 is

**greater than**14.28.

23 is

**less than**25.