Let's decompose (break) the word commutative word. Commutative includes the word "commute" which means to MOVE AROUND. Now we can discuss what commutative property has to do with our numbers. Commutative property means to move around the factors and continue to have the same multiple (product). Example: 4 x. 8= 32 same as 8 x 4 = 32 So we are basically moving around the numbers (factors) and continue to obtain the same multiple(product).