I'm documenting a coding guide.

Please help me out regarding how to indicate occurrences of an operator in an expression.

For example:

X = A + B + C + 3

In this situation, can you tell me a proper word that must come in the placeholder below?

This expression includes three ________ of the addition operator.

Or, is there any other way to say it differently?

  • Why do you think that occurrences doesn't fit? Mar 7 '20 at 14:35
  • I just was not sure if occurrences might be a good option and is used typically in this case.
    – ddd
    Mar 7 '20 at 15:35
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    I'd go with instances, but I'm not a coder.
    – Phil Sweet
    Mar 7 '20 at 15:42
  • @PhilSweet -- I'd go with instances too, but then I suppose I'm no longer a coder.
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 7 '20 at 19:56
  • I slightly prefer "occurrences" over "instances", but I'd probably just say "This expression contains three plus signs." Mar 8 '20 at 1:53

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