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#1
The apostrophe is used to either make a word possessive (the cat's ball), conjoin two words (who's going with me?), or replace missing letters (I didn't know). Following the third example, shouldn't maths actually be math's because you are shortening it from mathematics?

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#2
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#4
I just call it math :P
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#5
No, because then it makes it sound possesive.

I'm pretty sure "maths" is grammatically incorrect anyways, as "math" itself is short for "mathematics." When you say you're taking math, you mean you're taking "mathematics," not "mathematic." "Maths" (Or "Math's") would be a bit redundant, and would make it possesive. "Math's" would then mean "Mathematics's."


At least the way I see it.

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No, because then it makes it sound possesive.

I'm pretty sure "maths" is grammatically incorrect anyways, as "math" itself is short for "mathematics." When you say you're taking math, you mean you're taking "mathematics," not "mathematic." "Maths" (Or "Math's") would be a bit redundant, and would make it possesive. "Math's" would then mean "Mathematics's."


At least the way I see it.



Not always. Who's going to the movie with me? That's not possessive, even though it looks like it at first glance.
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what can i tell you. making up a good language is yet another thing the British can't do.
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Not always. Who's going to the movie with me? That's not possessive, even though it looks like it at first glance.


I suppose I should have added that if you mean "Mathematics is" then it would be correct. But you're proposing a situation in which "Math" is a contraction for "Mathematic," thus, "Math's" should mean "Mathematics," which isn't right.
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#14
it's like saying shouldn't threads be thread's.....

Wait, what the fuck did I just say?
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Yeah how about "Math"?



I do say math. This question just arose because of all the euros who insist that it's 'maths'
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#16
use "maths" in a sentence for me.............. The only reason you would ever put an S at the end of math is to make it possessive, as in; "Math's Quadratic Formula is used........" And the plural form of math is math. "Look at all the math I have to do" not "look at all the maths I have to do" DONE
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I do say math. This question just arose because of all the euros who insist that it's 'maths'


Wait... Those europe dudes say that? 0_o


Just another thing they say funny then.
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In my experience, mathematicians and maths in general don't give a damn about the finer points of punctuation and grammar
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#21
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While Canada does use the word math and it sounds better, maths is more correct I think.


Hardly.

Mathematics -> Math

Direct abbreviation.

Mathematics -> Maths

Implying "mathematics" is plural, despite "mathematic" not even being an actual noun.
#23
Just did some searching and found this:

Cases where an apostrophe is no longer necessary

Many short words originate from longer words, for example photo (from photograph), keeper (from goalkeeper). Until recent years, it was common practice to write photo' or 'keeper; however, the shortened words have been adopted as words in their own right and it is not necessary to use apostrophes to acknowledge the longer form.



So I guess I would have been right a number of years ago. Curse you, evolving languages!
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In my experience, mathematicians and maths in general don't give a damn about the finer points of punctuation and grammar


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Just did some searching and found this:


So I guess I would have been right a number of years ago. Curse you, evolving languages!

well now you know what to do if you ever get access to a time machine.
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Just did some searching and found this:

So I guess I would have been right a number of years ago. Curse you, evolving languages!


Oh. Well cool then.
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We say Maths in Australia. The only time I've ever heard Math used has been in US tv/movies or on UG.


Does it really matter? We all understand what we're talking about.



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We say Maths in Australia. The only time I've ever heard Math used has been in US tv/movies or on UG.


Does it really matter? We all understand what we're talking about.


Well, to be fair Australia doesn't really do anything properly.
#30
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I do say math. This question just arose because of all the euros who insist that it's 'maths'


Yeah I was addressing them, sorry to be unclear.

Math is also easier to say than Maths. It doesn't feel right trying to say it.
#31
The word 'math' has now lost all meaning for me.. I've read it that many times. =0
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#33
I have a degree in mathematics, I don't particularly care how it's abbreviated.

I say maths, it's much more common here in Ireland.
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#34
I never heard anyone call it "maths" until I started posting here. At first I thought it was an internet thing, like how people say "teh internets".
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I never heard anyone call it "maths" until I started posting here. At first I thought it was an internet thing, like how people say "teh internets".



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#37
Nah, it'll just look like 'math is'. And English has enough exceptions as it is so might as well keep it maths lol. And as stated above, the plural of math is like moose, just the same word.

EDIT: I've only ever said it, never had to write it down before so i never thought about it's spelling until now.
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#38
Maths, it's the same with latins. You wouldn't say latin now would you?
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#39
Math doesn't make any sense though?

Maths - Mathematics

Math - Mathematic?

"Oh, just heading to mathematic."

Math sounds stupid.
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Math doesn't make any sense though?

Maths - Mathematics

Math - Mathematic?

"Oh, just heading to mathematic."

Math sounds stupid.


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