# ±4

## English translation: plus or minus four

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 00:56 Jan 16, 2003
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
 Japanese term or phrase: ±4 How do you say this in English?? ±4
 Kaori MyattFrance Local time: 08:42
 English translation:plus or minus four Explanation:In less formal language we might say: "four, give or take" or: "give or take four"
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Thomas Magnuson
Local time: 23:42
 great, This is what I wanted to know.4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

Summary of answers provided
4 +2plus minus four
 xxxjsl
4 +1plus or minus four
 Thomas Magnuson
4 +1If you view this page under Japenese window,
 Kardi Kho
5star, closed big parenthesis, four
 Drak

13 mins   confidence:
star, closed big parenthesis, four

Explanation:
"*" = star
"}" = this symbol is often referred to as to closed big parenthesis
"4" = four

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Note added at 2003-01-16 01:10:47 (GMT)
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Correction: this symbol is often referred to as to \"closed big parenthesis\"

 Drak

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Chris Rowson: The first symbol looks like a square to me, and I call the second one "close curly bracket" (English, former C programmer).
 48 mins
-> Huh... Well, it sure looks like a star on my screen...

neutral  Gayle Wallimann: I see a star too. I wonder if this isn't the wrong language pair with a different alphabet...
 5 hrs
-> I would not be surprised.
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6 hrs   confidence: peer agreement (net): +2
plus minus four

Explanation:
The sign used here is the one in which the upper part is "+" and the lower part is "-". It is sometimes written as "+/-".

Since this sign used here is a double-byte character, computers that do not have Japanese characters will not show this sign properly.

 xxxjslLocal time: 16:42PRO pts in pair: 1098

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kardi Kho: sorry, didn't see your answer when I posted mine.
 18 mins
-> thanks

agree
 2 hrs
-> thanks
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7 hrs   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
If you view this page under Japenese window,

Explanation:
you'll see the +\- sign. If this is what the asker meant, then +/- 4 is read as 'plus or minus four'.
The plus or minus sign is used when the number mentioned (4) may actually be more or less by a particular amount.

 Kardi KhoIndonesiaLocal time: 14:42Native speaker of: Indonesian

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  cinefil: I agree according to 'Matematics E/J,J/E Dic' of Kyoritsu Shuppan
 41 mins
-> thanks. that's also what the OED says.
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9 hrs   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
plus or minus four

Explanation:
In less formal language we might say:

"four, give or take" or:
"give or take four"

 Thomas MagnusonCanadaLocal time: 23:42Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in pair: 20
 great, This is what I wanted to know.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  mora339: In casual conversation we say "give or take" more often.
 2 hrs
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