# 怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里？how should "÷" be read aloud in this equation?

"shíliù chú bā děngyú èr".

chúfǎ

How should "÷" be read aloud in the dictionary entry above?

• Just a very very minor point, 李 -> 裡/裏; and it's not quite idiomatic to use 朗讀 in Chinese for 'to read aloud'. Saying “÷”號該怎麼讀 is perfectly fine! Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 10:20
• Oh, or “÷”號的讀法是什麼 'What is the way of reading the "÷" sign' Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 10:35

You should read it as "chúyǐ". "除" and "除以" have different meanings in mathematics.

16 除以 8 等于 2

16 除 8 等于 0.5

That means "16 除以 8" is equal to "8 除 16" and equal to "16 ÷ 8 = 2"

I am from China. When I was a student and learning maths, there were many error-prone questions using the different meanings of "除" and "除以" to trip up students.

If you are careful enough or you are taking some exam, please read "除以". But reading it as "除" in daily life is also OK because many Chinese people also often make the same mistake in daily life.

Difference between “除以” and “除” from Chinese Q&A website.

Complaints about “除以” and “除” from 知乎.

In Cantonese it's more convenient to say `除`. But in standard Chinese, it's good practice to say `除以`, and it makes more sense too:

16除以8 <=> (我)以8除16 = (I) divide 16 with 8

Where `以8` is the phrase 'with 8' adverbial to `除` 'to divide'.

This also meets the subject + `除` + object construction in many parallel sentences:

• So to read this specific equation I would read "chu3yi3" for "÷". Understood; thanks. Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 13:16