negative or minus?

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  1. Steve1992

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    Is there a correct convention when communicating in tech. speak.

    Eg. "....-23...." Would you say "minus 23" or "negative 23"?

    Or am I just being pretentious to ask such a question?
     
  2. bertus

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    Hello,

    I tend to use negative.
    Minus in dutch means subtract.

    Greetings,
    Bertus
     
  3. hgmjr

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    I tend to use the two expressions interchangeably. I have never misunderstood a discussion in which the two methods of denoting that a signal was non-positive were used.

    hgmjr
     
  4. ELECTRONERD

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    Either appellation is fine. You might have one that you prefer over the other, but they are both technically correct.
     
  5. jpanhalt

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    According to my old dictionary, minus can be a preposition (as in, seven minus four), an adjective (minus value), or less frequently, a noun.

    Negative can be an adjective (as in, negative value), adverb ("negative" meaning "no"), or verb (as in negated).

    Minus is not a verb; negative is not a preposition.

    So, as adjectives, they are synonyms. However, they cannot be used interchangeably in all sentences, as bertus points out.

    John
     
  6. count_volta

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    In Russian we also say either negative or minus when talking about that particular terminal of a battery.
     
  7. ELECTRONERD

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    Say, are you Russian count volta? Cool! I had a friend who was Russian.
     
  8. ELECTRONERD

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    When you say it can be a preposition "as in, seven minus four" how does that work? These are prepostions: behind, on, around, and others. How does this apply to "as in, seven minus four"?

    I never really was good at English...:rolleyes:
     
  9. count_volta

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    Yea I am. Would you consider replying to my motor as generator thread? Its a simple question, but the amplitude of people's interest in it seems half rectified at best. ;)
     
  10. Wendy

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    Forgive me, a negative joke.

    A professor was stating, "In Russian, a double negative can still be a negative, and in some other languages, two affirmatives can be a negative, but there is no case in English where two affirmatives are a negative."

    From the back of the class a voice was heard, "Yeah. Right."
     
  11. count_volta

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    LOL thats pretty funny Bill. Seriously. :D
     
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