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Postby dills4977 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:10 pm

am i correct ? an english million is 100 thousand thousands whereas an american million is 1000 thousands ?
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Re: millions

Postby Guest » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:46 pm

dills4977 wrote:am i correct ? an english million is 100 thousand thousands whereas an american million is 1000 thousands ?


No, one million is 10^6 in both the US and UK.

There is some debate over larger numbers like billion and trillion. In the US, billion = 10^9, trillion = 10^12. Historically in the UK, billion was 10^12, but some UK publications now use the American billion. I really don't know if the change is official or not. UK usage of billion is ambiguous.
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