General Writing and Grammar Help/Maths or maths teacher


Erik Jan wrote at 2007-11-24 10:09:13
Thanks a lot for the explanation.

That would mean that the schoolbook and therefore the English teacher is wrong altogether.

I just checked it and it says "Maths".

Capital M and ending with s.

In Internet you come across "maths" quite a number of times, I take it because it is the abbreviation of mathematics ?

Does it come from the American way of saying/writing it ?


Erik Jan  

BB wrote at 2009-10-23 08:06:26
Just a note:  In North America people write math, but in the United Kingdom the word is maths, and as you live in Germany, you are probably dealing with British English.  Therefore, the "s" on maths is not a mistake.

denverprice wrote at 2011-05-08 14:06:08
No doubt others may have already explained the issue of "math" and "maths"....  The shortened form of 'mathematics' is "math" in North America, but "maths" in British English.

Heather Webb wrote at 2011-10-03 18:27:20
In America, we generally use "math" as the abbreviation for mathematics.  In other countries, including Australia, they use the word "maths" instead.  Both are correct.  Do a little research, know-it-all.  

Carol wrote at 2012-03-28 07:32:55

In my experience, in British English the abbreviation maths is used. I had not heard it referred to as math until my chldren went to an international school with American teachers. Australians also use maths.

Alias wrote at 2013-03-19 15:04:36

Actually math is correct in American English whereas maths is British English therefore Erik is correct in that circumstance.  

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