the title here is what i am confused about, what exponent does one put on x to create x and the square root of x ?????????????????Thaks for the help!

Are they being multiplied or something? Come see me in class and we'll clear it up.

yes, however i have come accross questions where it is both, that is whats meesing me up, what one exponent produces both

The exponent you'd put on x to get x is 1. The exponent you'd put on x to get square root of x is 1/2. Is that what you're asking?