How do you write "twice as many x as z" algebraically? Is this 2x=z or x=2z? How do you know? How about "3/4 as many x as z" algebraically? Is this (3/4)x=z or z=(3/4)x? How do you know? An applied example: There are twice as many apples as there are oranges, so does this mean for each orange there are 2 apples, so that if apples=x and oranges=y, then y=2x; 2y=4x, and etc? Are these statements ambiguous to you?