Science3 mins ago
US vs UK millions, billions and trillions
I'm hoping to find number bods/mathematicians in this topic section.
Am I correct in thinking that:
UK Billion = 1 + 12x0
UK trillion = 1 + 18x0
US trillion = 1 + 12x0
If so - what's a US billion?
I'm trying to compare stats from the two countries and I need to get it right! At the moment I'm just confused. Any clarification would be very welcome. Thank you.
PS - I have looked on Google.
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Right - I think I've got it - thanks guys!
I'm using data issued in recent months and published in the Economist and similar publications.
I basically want to write "Costs estimated at $1.4 trillion, or �X.X Xion" if you see what I mean!! Perhaps one or both of you could suggest the conversion. I can convert the 1.4 using this but I'm still stumped on the zeroes/zeros.
As you can probably tell, I'm really not a numbers kinda girl!!
Thanks for your help! 3***s each! :-)
Value UK word US word
1,000,000 million million
1,000,000,000 milliard billion
1x10^12 billion trillion
1x10^15 billiard quadrillion
1x10^18 trillion quintillion
1x10^21 trilliard sextillion
1x10^24 quadrillion septillion
1x10^27 quadrilliard octillion
1x10^30 quintillion nonillion
1x10^33 quintilliard decillion
1x10^63 decilliard vingtillion
1x10^120 vingtillion trente-neufillion?
Ok well using your link $1.4 = �0.804860 so if it's trillion we have to move the decimal point 12 places if it's billion we have to move the decimal point 9 places. For explanation lets start with million we move the decimal point 6 places So:
�1.4million = $804860 see I moved the . to the right 6 places
So for Billion I move the place another 3 but I have no more digits so I insert zeroes so:
�1.4billion = $804860000
Similarly for trillion I need to move a further 3 places so:
�1.4trillion = $804860000000
often written with commas
So in words 1.4 trillion pounds = 804 billion, 860 million dollars. Or to round you could say:
�1.4trillion = $0.8trillion
NOTE pedants as this is financial I am using US billion and trillion ok!
Loosehead, I'm very flattered and impressed that you took so much time to explain - thank you. I was taught the decimal point moving rule but I just still get lost.
I'll follow your example now to do the calculation I wanted which was a US $1.4tr to �sterling and UK abbreviations.
Thank you though! :-)
Using the US convention (as we all do now) the way to remember the value of each of the '-illions' is to start with 1000 and then each '-illion' is a multiple by a factor of 1000 (mille) thus:
Million - 1000 x 1000
Billion - 1000 x (bi=2)mille or 1000�
Trillion - 1000 x (tri=3)mille or 1000�
To remember the number of zeroes add 1 to the translation of the '-illion' prefix and multiply by 3
Quintillion - (5+1) x3 = 18
Nonillion - (9+1) x3 = 30