this character ^ could be typed by shift + 6, usually means powers of some number, the question is

How to pronounce this character ^?


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As @katatahito pointed out that character has multiple meanings depending on the context.

On its own that character is called the "caret". Not to be confused with "carrot" the vegetable or "carat" the unit of measure.

However its most common use is in mathematics and is used to represent the exponential operation. In this case you would usually pronounce it "<number> to the <number> power" or "<number> to the <number>".

So 2^5 would be read as either "two to the fifth power" or "two to the fifth".

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    I suggest In this case you would usually pronounce it " to the power" should be replaced with "In this case you would usually refer to it as " to the power""
    – Brad
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 4:25
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    Possibly UkE, but we also express this as 2 to the power of 5
    – Smock
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 8:28
  • It is mostly a caret or a tilde. That is how you say it.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 17:19
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    It is also the XOR operator in some languages, including C. Its not a tilde the tilde is the character ~ . The character ^ is a caret and not a tilde.
    – James K
    Commented Aug 4, 2019 at 18:52

How to pronounce this character ^

Firstly I think we should define what a character is as there seems to be some confusion in the comments associated with this post. A character is a letter number or symbol used in writing. However not all characters have associated sounds. In English the characters associated with sounds are called letters.

In English, There is no pronunciation for ^ as it is not a letter. As such it will have a name or in this case several names. (I will not list them as it has already been linked in comments and is not directly relevant to this question and associated answer).

It is irrelevant if it is a caret or a tilde The answer to the question is you cannot pronounce it. Only letters can be pronounced in the English Language. 1 Cannot be pronounced but "o-n-e" can be.

Note; There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.

character; noun: It is a letter, number, or other symbol used in writing, especially in printed text or on a computer:Cambridge English Dictionary

letter; noun: any of the set of symbols used to write a language, in many languages, representing a sound in the language:Cambridge English Dictionary


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