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"One billion is a bigger number than zero."

Translation:Unu miliardo estas nombro pli granda ol nulo.

May 29, 2015



whats the difference between nul and nulo?

December 27, 2015


nul is the numeral and nulo is the name of the numeral.

Examples from PIV

  • la aviadilo ekflugas precize je nul horo k kvin minutoj (0 h 05)
  • li ricevis du nulojn ĉe la ekzameno.
February 24, 2017


I dug a bit into the PIV, and it seems to be generalizable: Oni povas ricevi du kvinojn ĉe la ekzameno, ĉu ne?

February 24, 2017


I had the same problem : "pli granda nombro"

May 31, 2015


Personally, I think the English sentence should actually be changed to One billion is a number bigger than zero to make it the same word order as the Esperanto sentence.

June 10, 2015


I agree. I had this as a multiple choice question in a timed practice and scanning over the answers, I couldn't quickly tell that the right answer wasn't nonsense either - because even though I speak Esperanto fluently, it didn't look like a translation of the English sentence.

I somehow sense that there is a difference between:

  • a number bigger than zero.
  • (to be) a bigger number than zero (is).

... and the Esperanto equivalents.

October 21, 2017


what's wrong with numero?

June 22, 2015


Numero is used when you mean a number within a serie. Or an identification number of something. Nombro is for the mathematical value of that numero itsself.

I guess Eo is the only language that distinguish it!

July 26, 2015


French distinguishes "numéro" and "nombre".

July 27, 2015


It comes from French.

March 12, 2016


[citation needed]

October 23, 2017


Put cero on accident lololol

March 28, 2016


Just out of curiosity, are these numbers based on the long scale? I'm just thinking about how 'billion' is 'miliardo'. I'll do some more research

March 30, 2016


Miliardo is short scale billion (1,000,000,000); biliono is long scale billion (1,000,000,000,000)

September 1, 2016


Oh, okay. Thanks for replying

September 4, 2016


I'll maybe surprise you, dear Duo, but even one is a bigger number than zero.

January 8, 2017


OK, so I mis-spelled "miliardo" here but I reckon the alternative word order should be accepted :)

May 29, 2015


(I put "pli granda nombro", FWIW)

May 29, 2015


That's definitely right and at least as common. I hope you reported it? :)

June 7, 2015


Why is "unu" necessary?

June 25, 2015


I don't think it is; one of the other correct translations does not include it. (Miliardo estas pli granda nombro ol nulo.)

July 4, 2015


Oh, they must have changed it. When I originally asked the question, they wouldn't accept it without the unu.

July 5, 2015
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