Translating a Subtraction Statement into an Algebraic Expression


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Translate the following into an algebraic expression.

What is nine minus four?

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Translate the following into an algebraic expression.

June began with fifty white marbles. John comes and takes forty-nine marbles. How many are left?


Translate the following into an algebraic expression.

Larry has a pile of thirty marbles on Monday. Sam comes along and notices that there are only ten marbles in the pile on Wednesday. How many marbles did Larry lose?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet's task is to examine you on how to properly translate subtraction statements into algebraic expressions. The questions will all be asked as example problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To elaborate, you will display your understanding of:

  • Translating subtraction problems into algebraic expressions
  • Basic subtraction principles
  • Making algebraic expressions from word problems

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding subtraction
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to create algebraic expressions from subtraction word problems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and interpret subtraction statements correctly

Additional Learning

You'll be able to learn an even greater amount by watching and studying our associated lesson by the name of Translating a Subtraction Statement into an Algebraic Expression. This lesson can be used as a vehicle to study:

  • How to convert word problems into algebraic expressions
  • Examples of algebraic expressions
  • Components of subtraction problems