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29 / 06 / 2004

A BILLION: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Did you know that a billion dollars is not the same as "un billón de dólares"?

Below is the number 1 billion in English:


In Spanish or Catalan, we would call this one-thousand million, but in English we call it one billion.

Notice, also, that the commas and the decimal points are used differently in English and Spanish, which we pointed out in the Daily Vitamin on February 10:


This is one billion, three hundred and fifty-five million, four hundred and twenty-five thousand five hundred and eighty-two dollars and sixty-seven cents.

In Spanish it would be "one thousand three hundred and fifty five million...," and it would be written like this:


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