# Does two plus two equals 2?

They are both 2 so shouldn't they equal 2? it wouldn't make any sense for it to equal a different number?

### 18 Answers

- SandyLv 78 months agoFavourite answer
you can't disregard "plus". it tells you what to do with the numbers.

- ComoLv 78 months ago
If you have 2 apples and receive another 2 apples then you will have 4 apples.

This is shown as :-

2 + 2 = 4

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- RaymondLv 78 months ago
In two dimensions (or more), it is possible.

Start from a spot (call it (0,0) - i.e., the origin)

Go due north for 2 km (the unit does not matter, as long as you use a relatively short one). You are now at (0, 2)

Turn right by 120 degrees: you are now facing 30 degrees south of East (or S60E if you prefer old-style compass bearings). Go another 2 km.

You are now at (x, y) = (1, 1.732)

The net distance of that point to the origin is exactly 2 km.

There you are: you have walked 2 + 2

in order to move by... 2.

2 + 2 = 2

This is not wrong in mathematics. It respects the "triangle inequality" of the rules of addition (as long as you are not in one dimension).

- rustbucketLv 78 months ago
So if you have 2 apples and your brother has 2 apples you are going to starve to death if it equals 5 apples.