how to do addition/subtraction/division/multiplication

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jesusguime

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Do you know how to solve arithmetic question?
Do you know how to do addition/subtraction/division/multiplication?
Do you know how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply?

HI,
Do all of the above sound right and mean about the same? If not, how should I say them? Thanks.

• xabiachica

Senior Member
Do you know how to solve arithmetic question?
Do you know how to do addition/subtraction/division/multiplication?
Do you know how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply?

HI,
Do all of the above sound right and mean about the same? If not, how should I say them? Thanks.
Yes, they sound right to me.

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panjandrum

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For the first, I would prefer either "... solve arithmetic problems," or "... answer arithmetic questions."
Otherwise they might be OK, but I don't know how you are intending to use the questions. For example, you could write the second question, but it would be strange to speak it.

le petit chevalier

New Member
Do you know how to solve arithmetic questions?
panjandrum, it's probably just that we're from different countries, but all of these sound pretty natural in spoken language to me. At least where I'm from, it sounds more colloquial to say "do addition" or "do subtraction" than "add" or "subtract".

panjandrum

Lapsed Moderator
panjandrum, it's probably just that we're from different countries, but all of these sound pretty natural in spoken language to me. At least where I'm from, it sounds more colloquial to say "do addition" or "do subtraction" than "add" or "subtract".
I'm happy to "do addition".
I would be happy to ask the first and third sentences exactly as they are written (with the qualification earlier about the first).

But I wouldn't naturally use the second sentence exactly as it is written.
I could ask four separate questions:
Do you know how to do addition?
Do you know how to do subtraction?
etc
Or I could ask:
Do you know how to do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?

But the question as written, although possibly OK in writing, needs interpretation to be spoken.

That's what I was struggling to say earlier

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