Large numbers (Easy)
Vocabulary points to take away:
When saying a large number, always begin with the largest number first and use singular
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 millions and so on:
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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