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Spanish Numbers

I was translating a news article last night, and although I am fully aware that the use of the comma and decimal in English and Spanish are backwards, I had a bit of trouble. The number in question was written as 1.600 millones, which I translated as 1,600 millions, or 1.6 billion. Is this correct, or does it mean 1.6 million instead?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ogni_Loud

I'm pretty much sure that is 1.6 billion because in english there are no such a thing like a thousand of millions.

One english billion = 1,000,000,000

One spanish billion = 1.000.000.000.000

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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This is dead-on. In Spanish, it takes 6 decimal places to move on to the next unit name, instead of the 3 we're used to in English. Whereas in English we'd only see the numbers 1-999 used before "million", in Spanish you'd see anywhere from 1-999.999 "millones".

Take a look toward the middle of this page. It's got a pretty good description of how "big numbers" are written in Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pabos95
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What english speakers call billion in spanish is "mil millones". This is also a problem many spanish speakers face when learning english.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RHM3
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Thanks for that. When I listen to Spanish news, the term "mil millones" always confused me. I always wondered by they didn't just call it a billion. Now I know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pabos95
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Of nothing :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knos15
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I believe that you are correct WackyJack.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

It's 1,600 millones, which in English is 1.6 billion. A Spanish billón, however, is a million millions, what English calls a trillion. (English used to have both meanings of billion, a thousand millions or a million millions, but it eventually standardized on a thousand millions.)

3 years ago