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# Confusion between Eine Milliarde and Eine billion

I am unsure about the how to say a billion (nine zeros) in German. Is it "eine milliarde" or "eine billion". It would obviously make more sense if it is "eine billion" but I read that a billion is actually the same as a milliard so it is translated into "eine milliarde" . Is this correct? If so what does that make of "eine billion"? Is it a trillion (twelve zeros)? Please could someone explain this to me. Thankyou

August 31, 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales explains it in excruciating detail :).

In short: yes, a German (long scale) billion is indeed an English (short scale) trillion, and a German Milliarde is an English billion. Most European languages use the long scale, and British English used it until the late 20th century.

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British English used it until the late 20th century.

I still use it; I was taught the long scale. However, I am losing faith in the word 'billion' entirely; I simply tend to specify a thousand million or a million million (or just say 'ten to the nine' or 'ten to the twelve').

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I searched it up and look what I found here - http://www.sprachlog.de/2012/12/04/milliarden-vs-billionen-grose-zahlen/

Hope this helps :)

Thanks, the table was really useful and straightforward in answering my question :)