My question is, can you read it as "four powered three" or "four power three", too? What is the simplest form that you used when you were at school?

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My question is, can you read it as "four powered three" or "four power three", too? What is the simplest form that you used when you were at school?

We always said "four cubed" when I was in school, but that was some time ago.

All the other ways you know for describing 4³ are fine, with "four cubed" being the simplest.

Cross-posted.

What about really big numbers, do you still have to read 123144 as "a hundred and twenty-three to the hundred and forty-fourth", or do you prefer "... to the power of a hundred and forty-four"?

And if I ever said "to the

For 2 and 3, we say

Long may she turn in her grave. Though we refer to these things as "negative numbers", in practice it's almost universal to say "minus" both for subtraction and negation. I do baulk at "minus numbers", which is alarmingly common."Minus," she told us, was reserved for the subtraction operator, never for the sign of a number.

Q:

A1:

A2:

To get back to powers, I would not normally include "of" after "power".

When the word "power" is retained:

The ordinal is required if the exponent precedes it:

The cardinal is required if the exponent follows it:

When the word "power" is omitted, the ordinal is optional, because I see it as an elision of wither of the above.

For me, "minus" is neither necessary nor sufficient to cause the ordinal to revert to the cardinal. I'm happy with all these:

three to the five,