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Translation of milliard

RobertC1Kwiziq community member

Translation of milliard

Until 1974 the English of translation of 'un milliard' would have been one thousand million (otherwise known in English as 'a milliard'), an English billion being one million million. The Americans being more inclined to exaggeration used Billion to mean 1,000 million, this has now been generally accepted throughout the world. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billion for more background

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Robert, 

In France, 1 milliard has 9 zeros -

1 000 000 000

which I believe is the equivalent to a UK billion, nowadays.

See the article I found which reiterates this -

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/campaigning/past-campaigns/budget/how-much-is-a-billion.html

 

Translation of milliard

Until 1974 the English of translation of 'un milliard' would have been one thousand million (otherwise known in English as 'a milliard'), an English billion being one million million. The Americans being more inclined to exaggeration used Billion to mean 1,000 million, this has now been generally accepted throughout the world. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billion for more background

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