Use of "go", "go into" in maths (division)

Istarion

Senior Member
British English
Dear all,
I'm slightly unsure about the exact significance of the word "go" when talking about division.

In sentences like "6 goes into 18 three times," it's fairly obvious.

My hesitation is when the division is inexact. If something "goes", does it have to fit exactly? Does 6 go into 7, for example? (with a remainder of one).

Does it depend on context? If you're doing long division, can you, as you work, say to yourself "6 into 7 goes once, remainder one" (or whatever equivalent of that you might have learnt at school)?

I'm asking because I need to establish whether the sentence "6 into 10 won't go" is "correct".

Thanks very much!
-I
 
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