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Grades in school reports are expressed through letters followed or not by a sign like "plus" or "minus". Please how do you pronounce grades like A+ or A-, B+ or C-? I have also heard the phrase "straight A", what does it mean?

  • In the UK we say 'plus' for the + sign, and 'minus' for the - sign. I suspect it is the same in US schools. In US English, a 'straight A' student is one who has achieved an A grades in every subject taken. – Michael Harvey Nov 17 at 16:39
  • But why the word "straight"? Is it because it is a block letter? Or does it refer the the + sign? – zenith3 Nov 17 at 17:06
  • See answer below. – Michael Harvey Nov 17 at 18:52
  • to get straight As in American English. You pronounce it like the alphabet and plus or minus. – Lambie Nov 17 at 19:15
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In the UK we say 'plus' for the + sign, and 'minus' for the - sign. I suspect it is the same in US schools.

Pronounce mathematical symbols

In US English, a 'straight A' student is one who has achieved an A grades in every subject taken. We can use 'straight', mainly informally. to mean 'following one after another without an interruption; consecutive'. A football team that has played five games and won all of them could be said to have won 'five straight games'. Similarly a student who has scored As in every subject in a term, year, or during their school career has scored 'straight As', and is a 'straight-A student'.

Straight (Cambridge Dictionary)

  • I've thought, or do now purposely cogitate, that straight A's refers to the column of A's on a report card. What do you think? Anyway, straight A's is a synonym for All A's. – green_ideas Nov 17 at 19:19
  • Nothing to do with straightness of layout such as on a report card, I think. Just 'straight' meaning 'unbroken or consecutive', of a series. – Michael Harvey Nov 17 at 22:38
  • well, I've always connected the word and the report – green_ideas Nov 18 at 1:34

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