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and so on. When you write longer numbers, use commas to separate groups of three numbers.

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Do not use a period to separate groups of numbers in a larger number— use a comma.

The largest numbers frequently used in everyday speech are million (1,000,000) and billion (1,000,000,000). A millionaire is a person who has at least a million dollars. A billionaire has at least a billion dollars. Larger numbers, such as trillion (1,000,000,000,000), are rarely used.

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You may hear English speakers use words such as zillion or gazillion to refer to very large numbers or amounts. These words express a large quantity or number, but they are not actual numbers. Do not use these numbers in formal speech or writing.

Write and say very large approximate numbers this way:

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Do not make the words million and billion plural when they are accompanied by a number.

Correct Your English Errors Tim Collins  

Speak and write English as if it were your native tongue! Are you tired of making the same mistakes in English again and again? End the bad...

Correct Your English Errors Tim Collins  

Speak and write English as if it were your native tongue! Are you tired of making the same mistakes in English again and again? End the bad...

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