# "Hon har en miljon vänner."

December 3, 2014

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I just gave you five lingots. I love you.

Omöjligt... The most you can have is 5,000 on a private account... That is why I cannot send Eefje de Visser a friend request. :(

Poor you :(

Oh my god, I showed this sentence to a friend while adding "på Facebook" to it... then I saw this.. what the

Nej. På MySpace

the moment I translated the phrase, the "Social Network" soundtrack started playing in my head :P

that's what i'm thinking too :)

I can see Swedes are also great at exaggeration :D

It doesn't make a difference here, but touches on it: Does Swedish use the long or short scale of large numbers? That is, is a billion a thousand millions, or a million millions?

We use the long scale. I'll use numbers to ensure I don't screw up. :)

• en miljon = 1 000 000 = an English million
• en miljard = 1 000 000 000 = a modern English billion
• en biljon = 1 000 000 000 000 = a modern English trillion

Cool, it works the same way in German.

Exactly what I needed, thank you very much!

Cool, it works the same in Afrikaans.

I just noticed that Swedish doesn't use commas to group their large numbers.

Late answer, but this is rather common to a lot of European languages. The standard is typically using spaces for digit grouping, and a comma (instead of a full stop) for the decimal point, though there are odd exceptions in some places (I know there are some locales that use spaces for grouping but a full stop for the decimal point).

I had to look up what the long short scales were; I had never heard of them before now. For anyone else curious: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

"vänner"

Would you ever say ett miljon if it was describing an ett word?

No. Its en miljon. It is the miljon we are talking about hereo matter what comes after it

I dont really understand the long scale of numbers, a milkion million is not a billion. Thats mathematically incorrect. It would be a trillion.

It's not a universal truism of mathematics - that's the whole problem. It's regional. In other regions, the words are defined such that a million million IS a billion. It is not a question of mathematics, but one of linguistics. What is "mathematically correct" is that 1 000 000 x 1 000 000 = 1 000 000 000 000, but exactly what you CALL that number varies - not just between language families (Swedish isn't the only one to use the long scale, I'm pretty sure), but even between English-speaking regions.

SI prefixes, on the other hand, ARE standard. 1 Mm = 10^6 m, and that's true wherever you are. This linguistic collision of terms is why scientific notation exists

I see, but the meaning of the word million is still the same. In that it is 1,000,000.

1 000 000

...but if en biljon means 10^12 then why not??

Is there a difference between "vän" and "kompis"?