# Thread: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

1. ## What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Hello!

What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Thanks!

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Source: the Daily Mail

2. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by thedaffodils
Hello!

What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Thanks!

Source: the Daily Mail
IT means a four wheel drive. Usually the cars are powered only in two wheels, the rear ones, but for racing purposes, all the four wheels are powered. Thus they are faster and you can have better control on them at high speeds as now a days there are computers which control the speed of each tyre when you are taking a turn.

3. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP
IT means a four wheel drive. Usually the cars are powered only in two wheels, the rear ones, but for racing purposes, all the four wheels are powered. Thus they are faster and you can have better control on them at high speeds as now a days there are computers which control the speed of each tyre when you are taking a turn.
Hi SUDHKAMP,

You're amazing! I've understood.

The first "4" = a four-wheel vehicle
The second "4" = 4 drives

Thus, it is a racing car.

But how do I say it properly? "A four by four"? Or " a four times four"?

4. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by thedaffodils
Hi SUDHKAMP,

You're amazing! I've understood.

The first "4" = a four-wheel vehicle
The second "4" = 4 drives

Thus, it is a racing car.

But how do I say it properly? "A four by four"? Or " a four times four"?
A four by four.
Times always comes in numerical or arithmetical terms.

5. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP
A four by four.
Times always comes in numerical or arithmetical terms.
Thank you very much!

6. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

In British English, the pronunciation is often four-be-four.

7. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by Tdol
In British English, the pronunciation is often four-be-four.
Hello Tdol,

Thank you for your answer. Are there phrases with " X" -the symbol of math called "be" in British English? If yes, could you please give me a few other examples?

8. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by Tdol
In British English, the pronunciation is often four-be-four.
So, we pronounce "xxx" as be be be? Thanks.

9. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by thedaffodils
Hello Tdol,

Thank you for your answer. Are there phrases with " X" -the symbol of math called "be" in British English? If yes, could you please give me a few other examples?
"by" can be used:

2 x 2 = two by two times.

It is a "four by four".

10. ## Re: What does "a 4 X 4" refer to?

Originally Posted by Anglika
"by" can be used:

2 x 2 = two by two times.

It is a "four by four".
Hello Anglika,