Translating word phrases

VashtiMaiden
Hello.
You might find this too noobish but pls help me.

My "analysis" is very poor, since English is not my native language and i can hardly speak in english!

*the odd integer consecutive to and less than the odd integer n

What's the difference between these two "word phrases"
*the square of the sum x and y subtracted from 5 is 12
*the square of the sum x and y, subtracted from 5 is 12
?

And how about "the squares of the reciprocal of the sum of x and y is 15"?

The word "squares" kinda confused me.
Is it really plural? or singular?

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Hi VashtiMaiden!
the odd integer consecutive to and less than the odd integer n

hmm … "consecutive to" usually means "the next one" … but I suppose it could mean "the previous one". In symbols: "n - 2".

Personally, I think that's bad English.
What's the difference between these two "word phrases"
*the square of the sum x and y subtracted from 5 is 12
*the square of the sum x and y, subtracted from 5 is 12
?

I think they both mean 5 - (x + y)² = 12.

I suppose the first one might mean (5 - (x + y))² = 12.

But whoever wrote them needs English lessons.

Where did you find them?
And how about "the squares of the reciprocal of the sum of x and y is 15"?

The word "squares" kinda confused me.
Is it really plural? or singular?

Again, bad English … "reciprocal" is singular, so it should be "square". "Squares" is wrong.

VashtiMaiden
Thank you. ...and anyway, "bad english" is not my fault. And those are phrases not sentences.

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