OK, I know this is basic stuff and some of us should really get life ... but I'd welcome comments on a 'simple' question in a maths test (S&S) that has opened up a can of worms. The question: How many times smaller is 54 than 540 The official answer: They give the answer as: 10 Hmmm. Given that 540 has ten lots of 54 And that 54 has one lot of 54 ... 54 is smaller than 540 by 9 lots of 54. So the correct answer is 9. We can all see what S&S probably meant to ask but in the view of some of us their sloppy use of English is distorting a quite important mathematical point here and misleading students . Or is it?