# Is there a shorter way to say “b raised to the n-th power”

$$b^n$$

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?

• 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. – Andrei Jan 6 '19 at 1:28
• I think, @Andrei, that OP’s last offer sounds unidiomatic. – Lubin Jan 6 '19 at 2:19

• 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”. – Lubin Jan 6 '19 at 2:17