What’s the short for the word “mathematics“? Is it “maths” or “math”? Is it a “maths exercise” or a “math exercise”? “A maths lesson” or a “math lesson”?
Well, dear reader, the answer is: both are Ok. It all depends on where you are.
♥American English uses the word “math” whereas if you speak British English you should use the form ” maths”. If you have travelled further and are in New Zealand or Australia, then you need to use the word” maths”.
I work with kids. I tutor them in math (AmE)
I work with kids. I tutor them in maths (BrE)
♥Another thing that might surprise you is the fact that the word “mathematics” is uncountable and therefore takes a singular verb. It has no plural.
Math/ Maths is one of my favourite subjects
There are some other words in English that end in- s but are singular (eg. News, politics, billiards, measles, statistics…)
Politics is a complicated business
The unemployment statistics are worrying
♥Remember that we don’t use capital letters for school subjects but when we talk about languages, as school subjects, then we need to use a capital letter.
She’s passed with flying colours her Spanish, history and maths exams
So,as you can see there is not just one correct shortened form for the word “mathematics”. If you learned your English in the US, “math” is correct for you and if you learned it in the UK, then “maths” is the one you should use.