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“Maths” is not an English word

Jim B.A1Kwiziq community member

“Maths” is not an English word

In English it’s only math, never the plural “maths.” This word doesn’t exist. 

Asked 3 years ago
ShuiKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Jim

As your fellow students rightly say, "maths" actually is an English word!

We don't want you to be confused by our explanations and examples, so we have added a note to the sentence to clarify its meaning for our American users. We know that learning a foreign language was the only challenge you signed up for when you decided to learn Spanish with us!

Just to clarify, "maths" is the most common way of referring to mathematics in British English and many other countries that speak English as a first language. It's true it is not frequent in the USA, but it is still a word and is listed by Merriem Webster, one of the most popular American English Dictionaries. 

I thought this would be a great opportunity to remind all our users about our policy on English usage.

Saludos

Shui

 

m m.C1Kwiziq community member

in British English it is Maths never ever Math! Math (singular ) is only American usage.

Clara M.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Jim,

Both 'math' and 'maths' are correct. It's simply that the first abbreviation of 'mathematics' 'math' is the American English spelling/usage and the latter 'maths' is the British English spelling/usage. 

Clara :)

Kay P.A1Kwiziq community member

In England it is always Maths, in American english it's Math. 

“Maths” is not an English word

In English it’s only math, never the plural “maths.” This word doesn’t exist. 

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