## Often, working on word problems is a difficult task because a student doesn’t know how to translate words into mathematical symbols.

The following examples may help.

## Addition

### Words that signal addition:

- And
- Sum
- Add
- Made larger
- In excess
- Greater
- More than
- Added to
- Increased by
- In addition
- Plus
- Raised by

#### Examples:

- Thirty-five and eighty-six are what?

Translation: 35 + 86 = (?) - Three hundred sixteen increased by eight is what amount?

Translation: 316 + 8 = (?) - Ellen has sixteen candy bars to sell. If this amount is raised by twenty, how many will she have?

Translation: 16 + 20 = (?)