Is "Mathematics" a Singular or Plural Noun?
The Great Debate About the Word Mathematics
The word 'mathematics' is one we all know and love, but can we all agree on its part of speech? Mathematics. It is a noun, obviously, but is it in the singular or the plural form?
Many just prefer to shorten 'mathematics' to a mere one syllable for convenience. In North America, the word 'math' is used, but the rest of the world uses 'maths'.
So, who is right?
Let's dig a little deeper into the word Mathematics...
Facts About The Word "Mathematics"
The Cold Hard Facts
Weigh the facts before you decide:
- Mathematics originally denoted all the mathematical sciences collectively, including geometry, astronomy, optics, etc.
- Mathematics originated from the latin mathematica (plural), from the greek from mathematikos (adjective).
- People tend to say "mathematics is ____", the "is" being the singular form of the verb "to be", as opposed to the plural form which would say "mathematics are ________".
Statistics are math, so I think a few statistics on the issue of mathematics is only fitting:
Is "mathematics" a singular or plural noun?
An In Depth Look at Mathematic(s) Issue
This is a well done breakdown of the word origin and uses through history that help to indicate its part of speech.
- Separated by a common language: math(s)
Observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK
England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
--George Bernard Shaw
Which is correct? 'math' or 'maths'?
Shortening of the word mathematics has been done on both sides of the Atlantic. Americans go to Math Class while Brits attend Maths Class. Does this give us any answers at all to our big question? Which is correct? 'math' or 'maths'?
The Great Mathematic(s) Debate
Is 'mathematics' a singular or plural noun?