Posted by **jennifer** on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:04pm.

three times a number less four is 17

put in number form

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:07pm
3n - 4 = 17

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**Jen**, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:07pm
Please re-read what you wrote and fix it. It can't be "less four". That doesn't make sense.

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**Ms. Sue**, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:19pm
The term "less four" means "minus four."

In this sentence, it's used as a preposition.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/less

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