# algebra precalculus – How to read x^(n)-1 and x^(n-1)?

Now, it may sound absurd, but I would like to know (if exists), how to read $$(x^{n-1})$$ and $$(x^n-1)$$ distinctly and practice this it in everyday Mathematics.

As of now, I read $$(x^{n-1})$$ as, “x whole raised to power n-1” and $$(x^n-1)$$ as ” x raised to n whole minus 1″.

Similar confusing scenarios are also welcome.

Thank you.