Why does "divide two into four" equal **two**, and "divide two by four" equal **one half**?

Correct if I am wrong, but this what I have learned recently.

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# Learn English – Divide two into four and Divide two by four

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Why does "divide two into four" equal **two**, and "divide two by four" equal **one half**?

Correct if I am wrong, but this what I have learned recently.

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## Best Answer

OP's confusion arises because "divide 2 into 4" is an idiomatic usage meaning

perform a division operation, using 2 as the divisor, and 4 as the dividend.It's

notthe same usage asdividing a pizza into 4 [pieces], where you'd probably get1/4(a quarter) of a pizza as your share!