True or false: three equals six take away three.
In any statement like this, the equal sign means “is the same as.” And so we can read this as three is the same as six take away three. Is this true or false?
On the left-hand side of the equal sign, we have the number three. So we can represent this by using three counters. On the right-hand side of the equal sign, we have the expression six take away three. We can represent this by starting with six counters and then taking away three of them. This leaves us with three counters. So we can see that both sides of the equal sign are worth the same.
So the statement is true. Three does equal six take away three.