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A good place to begin is to add or subtract one-half kg for every 20 kg of body weight, plus one-half kg for the weight of your equipment.

Does this mean to add or subtract 0.5 kg for every 20 kg of body weight, and then add 0.5 kg?

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  • I would read it as combining 0.5kg for the equipment to the 0.5kg per 20kg and then adding or subtracting that total amount to something (that is, ±((0.5 × 𝑁/20) + 0.5), where 𝑁 is the total number of kilos). Hard to know if that makes sense in situ without the rest of the context though. – anotherdave Dec 21 '20 at 11:56
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Yes.

In this context, the word "plus" means "added to.. / and then add...", so the sentence means:

A good place to begin is to add or subtract one-half kg for every 20 kg of body weight, and then add one-half kg for the weight of your equipment.

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