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The Billion Dollar Question

So how much is a billion?

Answer: 1,000,000,000 (one thousand million)

Sub-plot: In American English a billion is 1,000,000,000. In British English a billion used to be, and technically still may be, 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million); but in practical usage British English now treats a billion the same as American English does: 1,000,000,000.

Nevertheless, a British billionaire is still worth more than an American billionaire (slightly more than twice as much at today’s rate of exchange).

3 Responses to “The Billion Dollar Question”

  1. hanane says:

    Dear Sir,
    In this respect HAPPY VALENTINE DAY a British billion times.

  2. english says:

    Thank you Hanane! A British billion times!

  3. bashir says:

    Good job hanane! there you go!

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