How to Read Basic Expressions – Practice Problems

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Numerical or arithmetic expressions are the first mathematical sentences one encounters in grade school. We understand operations written in number form and can read them orally. But what if symbols start replacing numbers to represent unknown quantities? We need to know then how to read these kinds of basic expressions as well. In expressions, letters are used to represent quantities and can also be read as such. We then know how to read every element of an expression, so we just have to be mindful of these three basic rules or guidelines in reading basic expressions: read from left to right, pay attention to positive and negative signs, and, when reading fractions, read from top to bottom (numerator first over the denominator). The ability to read basic expressions is a good start to better understand, recognize, and write more complicated expressions, gaining more fluency in the language of mathematics. Learn more about reading basic expressions by helping Lucky escape from hacker prison. Common Core Reference: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2

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Exercises in this Practice Problem
Explain how to read the expression.
Decide how to read the expression.
Determine how to read the expression.
Identify how to read the expressions correctly.
Explain the rules for reading expressions.
Determine how to write the expressions after hearing them.