# Translation Help: 位置の表し方

The closest English translation I could think of is “coordinates”. However, ever helpful @Nath told me that the kanji for that is 座標.

What do you think?

Ah, actually, I am half asleep.

So maybe coordinates indeed.

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これでしょう？

Aha! Then it would be “way to express coordinates/expressing coordinates”.
Based on the text below, 位置 itself would be coordinates.
(Online dictionaries keep telling me 座標 but I don’t trust them).

Anyway, I don’t think 位置の表し方 is a fixed expression.

Full disclosure of my former thought process:
1. 位置の表し方
2. way to express position
3. ???
4. coordonnées
5. coordinates

Then my brain was like “by the way, bruh, do you know coordinates is 座標?”
A quick online search away seemed to confirm what my brain thought.
But then, it struck me that the example I found was “Cartesian coordinates”, which could be a system of coordinates rather than actual values.
So I said
“- Brain! Which one is it?”
“- I don’t know man, why do you keep asking me things?”
The end.

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Wouldn’t it be “way to express position” or something instead? It seems like the goal is to show a way of expressing position (using coordinates).

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I’d go with “Expressing Location.” Sounds like they are trying to get students to explain where something is compared to 青山駅.

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“Way of expressing position” indeed. 位置 is used because, while the math problem is portrayed like a graph, it is still a map expressing a location.

@Nath 座標 is indeed coordinate, but it refers specifically to a point on an xy(z) graph. 座標系 would be your term for a coordinate graph itself.

The テレビどう is a 位置, but if the same location were on a standard xy plane, it would be the 座標 on the 順序対 (3, 4).

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Ah, so my brain was right.
Weird, that doesn’t happen so often.

Somehow, since it was a math problem, I think we overthought the thing with @gojarappe.

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Thank you so much for helping me prep for my lesson!
@Nath @anon93264938 @tel003a @EiriMatsu

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(Yes, I already ran out of likes. Damn you poll thread.)

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