# When multiplying exponents, such as #x# times #x#, would the answer be #x^2# or #2x#?

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Apr 12, 2016

#### Explanation:

Recall that an exponent tells us how many times a value is multiplied by itself.

For example:

#color(red)2^color(blue)2# means to multiply#color(red)2# by itself#color(blue)("two")# times#color(red)4^color(blue)1# means to multiply#color(red)4# by itself#color(blue)("once")# #color(red)x^color(blue)3# means to multiply#color(red)x# by itself#color(blue)("three")# times

In your case, **multiplied** by itself

In contrast, **plus**