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    Can I translate one billion as "un billón" in Spanish?

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    No, one billion is "mil millones"
    1,000,000,000

    Un billón is
    1,000,000,000,000
    Last edited by santiagop; 01-02-2019 at 05:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    Very descriptive. So:
    "un billón"= a thousand billion
    one billion= "mil millones" (a thousand million)

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    Yes, you could also call it a trillion
    1,000,000,000,000

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    Quote Originally Posted by santiagop View Post
    No, one billion is "mil millones"
    1,000,000,000

    Un billón is
    1,000,000,000,000
    Interesting, I took for granted it was the same.

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    Quote Originally Posted by santiagop View Post
    No, one billion is "mil millones"
    1,000,000,000

    Un billón is
    1,000,000,000,000
    Oh my gosh! Does someone know WHY ??

    I found some article about how it's different between USA and UK, but haven't found one about USA and Spanish speaking countries ..
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/ex...-is-a-billion/

    In British English, a billion used to be equivalent to a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000). British English has now adopted the American figure, though, so that a billion equals a thousand million in both varieties of English.
    _Eidji

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    Quote Originally Posted by eidjit View Post
    Oh my gosh! Does someone know WHY ??
    There must be a gazillion reasons why

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    Default Re: Is a billion the same as "un billón"?

    Quote Originally Posted by nabylm View Post
    There must be a gazillion reasons why
    Gazillion = quichicientos (that´s not a joke Nabyl ;-))

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