If the former, what does this mean, in practical terms?
(And, if you can't think of any meaningful definition, then maybe you need to slow down and think a little more about what's going on in the word problem.) In all cases, don't be shy about using your "real world" knowledge.
The first step to effectively translating and solving word problems is to read the problem entirely.
Don't start trying to solve anything when you've only read half a sentence.
Think of the calculator as merely a tool that makes the journey easier.
After all, you wouldn’t want a surgeon to crack your ribs and perform a heart transplant without first identifying the source of your chest pains. Now that you understand the word problem’s purpose, determine the answer’s unit.
You would be expected to know that "time and a half" means dollars for every over-time hour.
You'll be expected to know that a "dozen" is twelve; you may be expected to know that a "score" is twenty.
And not just in the “I’m emotionally tired” kind of painful. If you don’t have the equation, it’s hard to solve it.
We’re talking about the “my head hurts, I’m exhausted, that took too much work, I don’t know what’s next, I’m emotionally tired” kind of painful. That means you have a few steps before you can actually solve your math word problem. You don’t have to figure everything out at this point – just give the problem a nice handshake.