addition number sentence


Senior Member
How would you read this addition number sentence: 3 + 1 = 4 ?

1) Three plus one equals 4?

2) Three add one makes 4?

3) Three and one is four?

  • mouthpiece

    New Member
    United States, English
    Most common is the first one. It's the way all little kids are taught to say it in school. Number two sounds a tad British to me, but I could be stereotyping.


    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    That's interesting! I would have said it was American, which leads me to think it's common in neither variants of English (nor in AusE.)

    EDIT: It looks as though I simply don't recognise it, but it is used in Britain. I found a couple of British mathematics text books on-line which express it that way. Strange!!!
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