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The difference between “milliard” and “billion”

In English, a “billion” is 1 000 000 000 (a thousand million). This has always been the case in US English. In British English, in the past the word “billion” meant a million million. If we wanted to refer to a thousand … Continue reading

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The difference between “ton” and “tonne”

Both “ton” and “tonne” are units of weight, but a “ton” is a British and American measure, while a “tonne” is a metric measure. A “tonne” is equal to 1,000 kg. In the US it may be referred to as … Continue reading

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An important point about how to write numbers

When we write numbers in English we use commas where continental European countries often use points, and points where continental Europeans use commas. So, for example, while many continental Europeans would write 45.678,90 (forty-five thousand, six hundred and seventy-eight and … Continue reading

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