Discussion in 'English Only' started by hboo, Jan 29, 2013.
Would you ask a kid a question:"What is two and five?" or "What is two add five?"?
Seven. Oh, sorry. Wrong answer.
I would say, "What is two plus five?".
"What is two and five?" might be ok. I would never say, "Two add five."
I share Filsmith's usage, though I'm surprised as I thought that 'two add five' was an American English staple.
Oh, I agree with Filsmith - "two add five" is odd. I could presumably construct a sentence or scenario in which it's possible, but I'd have to work at it.
"Two add five" would be very strange and is not a substitute for the normal "two and five" or "two plus five". We might say to a six- or seven-year-old child learning arithmetic, "Start with two, add five to that, and what's the answer you get?" (Made up just to see how we might use those three words in sequence.)
Definitely agree with Filsmith. I've never heard anyone say "two add five."
Thanks for all your help. How about "Two and five, what does it add up?". Does it sound natural now? Thanks.
Two and five are two things so they can't be a singular "it".
What do two and five add up to?
Two and five add up to seven.
"Two and five, what do they add up?"
Uh, I think perhaps it would be: "Two and five, what do they add up to?"
I think the "add up to" is unnecessarily complicated in a question to a child. We'd normally say "what do two plus five make?" Two plus five (or "two and five") make seven.
As a British English speaker I've always said "one add one is two" etc. Seems we have an AE/BE difference? For me, "what is two add five" is correct, or maybe "what are two and five" (though I personally don't like that one). "What is two plus five" sounds fine to me too.
It's not complicated at all. Any American five-year-old can handle it with ease.
Oh my, how did I forget that! Completely correct, Parla. Thanks.
I don't think it's as simple as AmE vs. BE, Istarion. Note that Beryl, a BE speaker, thought this was an AmE expression.
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