Is it correct to ask:

"Am I correct?"

The context is checking mathematical reasoning.

I typed it down and is haunted by an odd feeling that there is some mistake with it! Should I prefer "Am I right?" to the above?

  • Those two sentences can be used as synonyms, depending on the context. Could you explain a bit more in detail? I'm not entirely sure what you're asking and no context is given at all.
    – Vlammuh
    Jun 8, 2015 at 17:15
  • @Sander Towards the end of this question in math.SE Jun 8, 2015 at 17:16
  • @JessePFrancis In that question you don't ask "am I correct" or "am I right". You ask "is it correct", which is a little different. Are you asking if you could replace that with "am I correct"?
    – Dan Getz
    Jun 8, 2015 at 17:44
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    @JessePFrancis, in most circumstances, it would be fine to use that particular phrase, with very few exceptions. Am I correct? ;-)
    – 13509
    Jun 10, 2015 at 17:23

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I don't think "Am I correct?" is. Correctness is something all-encompassing.

To "be right" is less than that, sometimes you're right sometimes you're wrong.

Correctness applies to a mathematical solution, result or proof and as such is absolute. You wouldn't say: "The solution is right."

But you can ask: "Am I correct in assuming.." or, of course "Is this/my solution correct?".

Which more or less is how your question reads now. Good..

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    In context, "am I correct?" is limited by the context and is almost always fine. This hard separation between right and correct doesn't really exist in conventional usage. Jun 8, 2015 at 18:35
  • Talking about math, I think Am I correct (except on my question) works! Thank you! Jun 10, 2015 at 17:39

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