1. ## How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle

How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle? How is it read in 12cm*6.5cm?
In mathematics we say four times four. Is it read times?
Thanks

2. ## Re: How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle

Four-wheel-drive vehicles are usually called 4x4s, with the x read as "by". If I saw 4*4 vehicle I'd think "someone made a mistake. They meant 4x4." I'd read the mistaken version the way I read the normal one.

The same goes for dimensions: we normally use an x, not an asterisk. We read "12cm x 6.5cm" as twelve by six point five centimeters.

3. ## Re: How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle

Agreed, but in the age of computers, where multiplication is often represented by the asterisk, I would consider it acceptable to print "4*4 vehicle" if that was what a person's hardware and software made convenient.

4. ## Re: How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle

Standard pieces of lumber are also referred to in this way. A "2 x 4" (two by four) is a piece of wood that is (nominally, before finishing) 2 inches by 4 inches in cross section.

5. ## Re: How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle

Originally Posted by konungursvia
Agreed, but in the age of computers, where multiplication is often represented by the asterisk, I would consider it acceptable to print "4*4 vehicle" if that was what a person's hardware and software made convenient.
I wouldn't.

6. ## Re: How is the sign * read in 4*4 vehicle

Originally Posted by konungursvia
Agreed, but in the age of computers, where multiplication is often represented by the asterisk, I would consider it acceptable to print "4*4 vehicle" if that was what a person's hardware and software made convenient.
I have yet to see hardware or software that can't easily produce the string "4x4".

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