# Large numbers (Easy)

**Vocabulary points to take away:**

When saying a large number, always begin with the largest number first and use singular

number labels:**One million, two hundred thousand, four hundred and sixty-four.** (1, 200,464)

Don’t use the words and to join millions and thousands or thousands and hundreds:**Two million, fifty-six thousand, three hundred.** (2,56,300)

But do use the word and to join hundreds and tens (tens are two-digit numbers):**Fifty-six thousand, three hundred and eleven.** (56,311)

We sometimes emphasise how big a number is by describing it as **a four-figure/fivefigure or six-figure number:**

I’m not sure what he earns, but it’s certainly **a six-figure number**.

a **six-figure salary**

To describe approximately what a number is, we can say it’s **in the tens/the hundreds/the thousands/the millions**. For very big numbers a number can be

**(in the) tens of**

thousands, hundreds of thousands, tens of millionsand so on:

thousands, hundreds of thousands, tens of millions

They’ve cut

**hundreds of thousands**of pounds from the budget.

Their assets alone must be worth

**in the tens of millions.**

Another way of describing a number approximately is to say that it’s **in triple figures**:

The number of emails waiting for me after my holiday was **in triple figures.**

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