Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by ayemo, Mar 7, 2013.
Hi, wondering which object pronoun goes with "maths" "it" or "them". Thank you ; )
Words that end in -ics (like mathematics, athletics, politics) are sometimes used as plurals, but more often as singulars.
Politics is a complicated business.
What are your politics?
Mathematics has the same educational function as classics used to have.
(M. Swan, Practical English Usage.)
Supongo que 'maths' funcionará igual que 'mathematics' en cualquier contexto. Si es así, habrá que usar el pronombre 'it', preferentemente.
Thank you Agró, I knew that but I need to be sure...
Confirmo lo que ha dicho Agró.
Pero cuidado con 'maths' cuando acompaña 'lessons'. Sigue con la 's' y el verbo en plural. Elemental mi querido Watson.
Maths lessons are seen as difficult, irrelevant and boring by many students.
Thank you very much everyone ; )
So it seems it's maths in the UK and math in the US.
Math and maths are equally acceptable abbreviations of mathematics. The only difference is that math is preferred in the U.S. and Canada, and maths is preferred in the U.K., Australia, and most other English-speaking areas of the world.
I think that "preferred" is understating the matter. I only hear "maths" in the US if I am watching a British program on TV or listening to a BrEng speaker being interviewed on the radio.
Separate names with a comma.