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7. (UK, archaic)(India)(mathematics) The operation of multiplication.[1]

Fiveintothree is fifteen.

8. (mathematics) The operation of division, with the denominator expressed first.

Threeintotwo won't go.

So, yes, it's entirely possibly that "into" is perfectly correct in Indian English with the meaning "multiply by". We've found examples in previous threads of Indian English retaining older forms which present-day BrE/AmE have lost.[8.]a.Used to indicate multiplication, asto multiply x into y(by considering the multiplicand replicated once for each unit of the multiplier).Obs.[...]

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1728Cycl.s.v.Plain Number, 20 is a plain number, produced by Multiplication of 5 into 4.1839DE QUINCEYWordsworthinTait's Mag.Jan. 10/1 An elderly man, who confessed to having passed the grand climacterical year (9 multiplied into 7) of 63.

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There is also an entry in a Wikipedia page.

7. (UK, archaic)(India)(mathematics) The operation of multiplication.[1]

*Five ***into** three is fifteen.

It is always very instructive to find that what is obvious to one English speaker is not to another. Beware of false friends/faux amis/Indian English/ etc......

GF..

It is bad enough trying to learn French with their faux amis, let alone understanding the "Universal English Language".......

7. (UK, archaic)(India)(mathematics) The operation of multiplication.[1]

It is always very instructive to find that what is obvious to one English speaker is not to another. Beware of false friends/faux amis/Indian English/ etc......

GF..

It is bad enough trying to learn French with their faux amis, let alone understanding the "Universal English Language".......

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Loob, I found the Wiki page independantly, I think? Or did I? Sometimes I get by all theGeorge, your link is the same as that given by dn88...

My only excuse is I try to find

GF..

Thanks for pointing it out to me....

The way we use it, the into stands for the cross (x), so its like reading 1+2 as 1 plus 2. so 1 X 2 is read as 1 into 2 (unless of course its a cross product of vectors :/).

I came across this thread as I was trying to figure why the heck we say it like that, as I used it today and confused for my poor supervisor. I guessed it might be archaic English that stuck in India, thanks for the link George

I can see the sense if the word "each" is added, however if you put 2 coins into 5 slots (no "each"), then you have 2/5 of a coin in each slot.Actually, the multiplicand replicated for each unit of the multiplier makes sense. Like if you put 2 coinsinto 5 slots then you have 10 coins.each

Thanks for the information. For completeness, could I ask you how you would say 3 / 5?

The way we use it, the into stands for the cross (x), so its like reading 1+2 as 1 plus 2. so 1 X 2 is read as 1 into 2 (unless of course its a cross product of vectors :/).

I came across this thread as I was trying to figure why the heck we say it like that, as I used it today and confused for my poor supervisor. I guessed it might be archaic English that stuck in India, thanks for the link George

Yeah, lesson learnt. Luckily, I don't live in the States, but I do work with Americans sometimes