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CHAPTER ONE

Mathematical Truths

Mathematicians frequently are accused of speaking a language that is different from that spoken by the rest of the populace. This accusation is not entirely justified. The language of mathematics is simply ordinary speech extended to include rather unfamiliar symbols as well as words. But the sentences used by mathematicians can be analyzed into subjects and predicates, verbs and nouns, just as ordinary speech can. Since it is important for us to understand the structure of the language of mathematics if we are going to learn to speak that language, lets first be sure we understand the structure of ordinary speech.

Below you will find a multiple-choice question. Pick what you believe is the right answer to the question and click on its link.

The question is: In the sentence "All women are poor drivers," which words are the subject and the verb?