Recognising Quantities

Recognising Quantities

I want five.  I wish I was five.  It is five.  It has five.  There are five.  We say these sentences so often that we overlook the fact that they are incomplete.  Are you gritting your teeth now and mumbling to yourself, “Five what, monkeys?”  Because of the missing noun, many jokes emerge from such statements.  The fact is this:  numbers are adjectives, and they describe a quantity.  When you are counting to five with your fingers, fingers is a noun that you add to the adjective five to provide context. This change of perspective can bring new life to your math discussions! 

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