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Who is asking: Student Level: Middle Question: I am in grade 7. My teacher tells me brackets always first, well i know that but, 5 (4) x 2 Does the (4) count as a bracket or is it just telling you not to minus 4 from 5 but to multiply 5 x 4 ? Am i correct? Thanks. Brad 

Hi Brad, This is a strange way to form the expression. I agree that the exprerssion is
What is strange to me is that in one place x is used to indicate multiplication and another place multiplication is indicated by 5 (4). Penny 

