"multiply" is a verb and "multiplied" is an adjective while "times" (meaning "multiplied by") is a preposition

We say

"2 multiplied by 4 is/equals 8" or "2 times 4 is/equals 8"

"divide" is a verb and "divided" is an adjective

We say

"8 divided by 4 is/equals 2"

Do we have a preposition meaning "divided by" the same way the preposition "times" meaning "multiplied by"?

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Is that not simply "into" or "over"?

"2 into 8 equals 4” or “8 over 4 is 2”

  • That's exactly what I was taught in school. Commented Nov 19, 2022 at 15:44
  • We also use "by", but it has to be clear from the context that division is intended because it's also used for multiplication.
    – gotube
    Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 4:51

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