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# Unusual Arithmetic

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If:

ELEVEN - SIX = TWO, and:

EIGHT - FIVE = ZERO

then complete the following:

ZERO - THREE = ?

ELEVEN - SIX = TWO, and:

EIGHT - FIVE = ZERO

then complete the following:

ZERO - THREE = ?

### Answer

ONEFor each equation, the number of syllables in the number words to the left of the equal sign are subtracted from each other to give the number word to the right of the equal sign, which is the difference between the number of syllables in the other two words.

Thus:

ELEVEN - SIX = TWO ==> 3 syllables (in the word "ELEVEN") - 1 syllable (in the word "SIX") = "TWO" representing 2 syllables

EIGHT - FIVE = ZERO ==> 1 syllable (in the word "EIGHT") - 1 syllable (in the word "FIVE") = "ZERO" representing 0 syllables

and:

ZERO - THREE = ONE ==> 2 syllables (in the word "ZERO") - 1 syllable (in the word "THREE") = "ONE" representing 1 syllable

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