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# How many zeros does one billion have; 9 or 12?

Question #84678. Asked by thegogga. (Aug 18 07 7:44 AM)

jonnowales

One billion (American) is 1,000 million --> 1,000,000,000 - It is 9.

 Aug 18 07, 7:59 AM
zbeckabee

Both.

Common "English" form has nine.

Rarely used form has twelve -- Increasingly rare meaning in English-language usage; standard meaning in many other languages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billion

 Aug 18 07, 8:17 AM
queproblema

This question is very pertinent in our global community and generates a good deal of confusion.

See "Billion" in Wiki in any other language you know how to read for a discussion of this. About half the world considers 10^12 to be a billion. I checked all of them, most of which are stubs, and they all give both 10^9 and 10^12. Most mention "milliard." Longest discussions are in German, Spanish, and Russian.

(Go to Zbeck's link and then on the far left-hand column click the language of your choice.)

The best explanation of this confusion is in Wiki's "Long and Short Scales" article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milliard

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

 Aug 18 07, 10:04 AM

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