Math Code Words Word problems have code words. These code words tell you what to do. “ER” SUBTRACTION CODE WORDS Taller Shorter Longer Smaller Slower Higher Lower Wider Bigger Faster Older Younger Newer Greater Fewer “ER” Words that measure something will be SUBTRACTION CODE WORDS. Look at this list of SUBTRACTION CODE WORDS. Memorize them; it will take some time, but you already know some of them. Try One!! TIP BOX: The question sentence is always the last sentence in a word problem. It will always end with a question mark. Code words may be found before or in the question sentence. Try One!!