The word "math" is a shorter form of the word "mathematics." Math involves the use of numbers to determine amounts, figure out measurements or distances, and solve problems.

  • Sylvia is studying math. She’s in a math class. Her math teacher is Mr. Jefferson. He’s a wiz when it comes to math. (wiz = a very smart person)
  • Oscar uses a lot of math at work. He’s got a knack for working with numbers.
  • Terry isn’t very good at math. Math is her least favorite subject.
  • Are you good at math?
  • Do you like math?
  • People who are good at math often become engineers, doctors, or scientists.

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The word "math" uses an unvoiced "th" sound. If you have trouble forming this sound, click on the link above.

Note: Over the years I’ve been a teacher, I’ve heard some of my students uses the word "math" in the plural form. I think this is done in British English, but in most cases, Americans don’t put that "s" at the end of "math."

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Date of publication: January 13, 2017