How to read this number (reading exponent)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sjhrshin, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. sjhrshin Senior Member

    In previous thread, I found 10(superscript5) is read as ten to the five.

    How about ten to the fifth?
    or ten to the fifth power?

  2. wantonzeus Member

    Los Angeles
    Chinese, Hong Kong
    it should be read just as you have suggested. I myself have never used "ten to the five".
  3. Jcruz Member

    español - España
    Hi everybody,
    Another possible way is:

    ten to the power of five

    I hope it helps
  4. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Ten to the five could well have been my suggestion.

    Generically, I read X superscript Y as X to the Y. In a world where such usage is a routine element of everyday conversation, a specific example such as ten superscript five is an exception. But the generic rule is applied, whatever better, more grammatical alternatives there might be. Hence ten to the five.
  5. Hockey13

    Hockey13 Senior Member

    Irvine, California
    I would always say "ten to the fifth" as a shortening of "ten to the fifth power."

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