Alternatives that I know are correct:

  • "b raised to the power of n"
  • "the n-th power of b"

Can I just say

  • "b raised to n" or
  • "b to n"

or are these technically wrong?

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    $\begingroup$ I've heard many times "b to the n-th". Any of the above expressions seem fine to me. I would understand what you want to say. $\endgroup$ – Andrei Jan 6 '19 at 1:28
  • $\begingroup$ I think, @Andrei, that OP’s last offer sounds unidiomatic. $\endgroup$ – Lubin Jan 6 '19 at 2:19

I always heard it read as "b to the n"

  • $\begingroup$ And, having sat in high-school classes since about 2001, I am still amazed to hear the students and teachers read it as “$b$ to the power of $n$”. I think that I myself usually say “$b$ to the $n$-th”. $\endgroup$ – Lubin Jan 6 '19 at 2:17

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