in the most common, accepted way, in a way a kid in school would?

I know that 2 x 12 reads out "two times twelve", so is it "two times negative five"?

I think I heard "two by twelve", also. Are there two conventional readings? Maybe more?

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in the most common, accepted way, in a way a kid in school would?

I know that 2 x 12 reads out "two times twelve", so is it "two times negative five"?

I think I heard "two by twelve", also. Are there two conventional readings? Maybe more?

A kid in school would read it "two times minus five" or "two times a minus five."

What about "by"-variant? Can we say "two by minus five"?

Don't be confused with "a 2 x 4" (at least in the US) which describes a piece of wood with a (nominal) cross section of 2" by 4". It is not a multiplication. There are also 2 x 6, 2 x 12 etc. Without the word "multiply, I'd advise against using by

in the most common, accepted way, in a way a kid in school would?

I know that 2 x 12 reads out "two times twelve", so is it "two times negative five"?

I think I heard "two by twelve", also. Are there two conventional readings? Maybe more?

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This is what I would say."two times negative five"

Interesting, I’ve never heard it with “a”!"two times minus five" or "two times a minus five."

I only started hearing " -5" being read as "negative five" after moving to North America so I suspect it is only used in AE, and not in BE.I know that 2 x 12 reads out "two times twelve", so is it "two times negative five"?