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It's: one hundred quintillion or: a hundred quintillion The words for very large numbers If you're wondering how to form other huge numbers like this, here's the pattern: A thousand thousands is a million: 1,000,000. A thousand millions is a billion: 1,000,000,000. A thousand billions is a trillion: 1,000,000,000,000. A thousand trillions is a ...


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Both are possible, although the former would normally employ a hyphen. When used as an adjective, 2-byte refers to size of something: The computer's memory is organized into 2-byte words. The token is stored as a 2-byte variable. This will need to be stored as a 2-byte character. When used as a plural noun, the 2 is simply a quantifier. However, in ...


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Excellent question! The short (and rather unhelpful) answer is that while technically, "a couple" does in fact mean two, it is not always used that way in practice and if you ask several native speakers you're likely to get different responses. "A couple", "a few", "several"... Words like this are used with various intent. In the particular case of "a ...


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This sentence as it stands is incorrect. You say either of these: A $2,000 item. (A two-thousand-dollar item.) $2,000 worth of items. (Two-thousand dollars worth of items.) In the first case, you're talking about a single item that is worth $2,000, so you use "a" and you don't say "worth of". In this case, "dollar" is a descriptive adjective the ...


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Historical accident. First derives from the same root as fore, before, in the superlative grade—it meant, originally, “fore-est”, that is ‘foremost’. Second derives from Latin secundus, originally a participial form of sequor meaning ‘following’ All the others derive from a common Proto-Indo-European ending -tos, ...


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10/9 is never used in English to mean 9 out of 10 9/10 is used because the "/" sign means divide and if you get 9 points out of 10 (9/10) then you have a score of 9 divided by 10 (which is 0.9) or 90% (i.e., multiply by 100 %, which is equivalent to 1) Sometimes, you see a larger number first (e.g., 10/9), but this still means 10 out of 9. This occurs in ...


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Generally, when units of measure are used as adjectives, or as part of a compound noun, they are singular. When expressed as simple nouns, they are plural. Thus, A ten-year-old boy is sitting on the couch. The boy sitting on the couch is ten years old. The boy sitting on the couch is a ten-year-old. As for the hyphenation, exact usage is a matter of style, ...


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Wikipedia lists large scale numbers here. As only the 10x with x= multiples of 3 get their own names, you read 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 as 100 * 1018, so this is 100 quintillion in American and British English and 100 trillion in most (non-English speaking) other places. (Practical approach: The different naming patterns for large numbers obviously ...


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In the United States, when writing a check, it's customary to write and 00/100 or and no/100 or and xx/100 before "dollars" to indicate that no cents are to be added beyond the indicated number of dollars. Sometimes people also follow this custom when writing a contract. The "/100" refers to cents, since there are 100 cents in a dollar. Sometimes people ...


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I'm afraid - neither! Use billions when you don't have a perfect figure and you want to say that roughly. In (the year) 2000, the Coca-Cola company sold billions of bottles But you said that you have a figure. Then it's more natural if you write - In (the year) 2000, the Coca-Cola company sold 17 billion bottles In general cases, we prefer to use ...


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@Catija's answer is very close and covers the major points, but slightly wrong. Which is the correct way here? A two-thousand dollar/dollars worth of items. Neither. You're treating 'worth' as the subject of your sentence and acting like it's countable, but it's not. 'Worth' is treated in English as a single abstract quality, like '...


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Fractional part is both used in mathematics and other fields where such things are discussed, and easily understood by lay readers.


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Either of the ways that you show, but if you are spelling them as they are said, this is consistent: "zero point one percent" (written 0.1%) "one thousandth". (written 1/1000 or 0.001) You can also say "one part per thousand" (1 PPT).


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The <new value> is ten times the <old value>. For example, The character's IQ is ten times the character's INT rating.


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The fractional part of a number is known as the Mantissa. The mantissa is defined as the positive fractional part of a real number. Your suggestion of decimal places is usually used to specify a number of digits that must follow the decimal point. The term mantissa makes no such restriction. It defines all the digits after the decimal point.


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You have several options: one point five one and a half one and one-half - can seem wordy. one and five-tenths - mathematically correct term, not used regularly. These are all correct. The hyphens in the last two are optional to some degree depending on the source. Including it is arguably more correct. one and half is not correct... usually. Based on ...


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If you want a term similar to percent, but ten times smaller, it's per mille, denoted by ‰ sign. So, 0.1%=1‰.


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Sure, if you ask a native speaker How many is "a couple"?, he'll almost certainly answer "Two". But he might expand on that answer by saying... "There are one or two exceptions, for example..." 1: I have a couple of beers most Friday nights (might actually be three or more on average). 2: The police just want to ask you a couple of questions (very ...


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Typical use would be one of the following: "First of all," for the first point and "Second," for the second point. "First of all," for the first point and "Secondly," for the second point. "First," for the first point and "Second," for the second point. "Firstly," for the first point and "Secondly," for the second point. (Less common.) So your analysis ...


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The other answers may actually say this, but they are long and convoluted, and I don't see this in either of them.  So I'll just say it: You don't use an article when you're using a name. Cases where an article is part of the name, like The Hague, The White House, The Lord of the Rings, or An American in Paris, appear to be exceptions, but aren't, really....


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I don't know who told you that you can't use umpteen before million. M-W's Student Dictionary seems to disagree with that assertion: umpteen (adj) numerous but not fixed in amount : umpteen million things to do So, grammatically, I don't find anything wrong with your translation. That said, umpteen is an informal word in English – note how Macmillan ...


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You could say, "Pick a number from one to ten". This is usually understood to be inclusive - going from A to Z doesn't mean you start at B and end at Y, and working from Monday to Friday doesn't mean working only three days a week. Or, if you want to be extremely precise, say "Pick a number from one to ten, inclusive".


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In this case, "double zero" is a singular noun referring to two zeros. So you'd say: There's a double zero. If you're referring to multiple zeros in plural, you'd use "zeros": There are two zeros. Zeroes is a verb meaning to adjust to zero. For example, taring a scale: I zeroed the scale. He zeroes the scale.


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A couple is literally two; but it is often used as in the neighbourhood of two. I have the impression that it is used loosely only when an approximation is in play. That is, you can say a couple of days, meaning two days, give or take some hours a couple of weeks meaning two weeks, give or take a few days a couple of dozen, meaning two dozen, give ...


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English does not have a word referring to this range specifically. Different languages divide up the world differently - this is one of those cases where the languages don't have equivalent terms. The word teen or teens is close, but it has two limitations: "Teen" refers only to 13 - 19; it cannot refer to 11 or 12. Recently, the term "tween" has been ...


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It's a bit mathematical so I don't know if would work in your case, but you could say it's an "order of magnitude" higher. Orders of magnitude are used to make approximate comparisons. If numbers differ by 1 order of magnitude, x is about ten times different in quantity than y. If values differ by 2 orders of magnitude, they differ by a factor of about ...


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Because in English "twelve thousand" is not interpreted as 12 occurrences of 1000, as in 12 cars, but rather as one occurrence of 12000. Why it's like this, is a matter of speculation. Languages are different and I guess some languages view 200 as a plural, as two occurrences of 100. English and Dutch do not, and French, as 200_success points out, swings ...


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In English words are pluralized only if they are used as nouns, so if we pluralize a number, we treat it like a noun: My telephone number contains three fours. Thus if you say: twelve thousands, three hundreds, and forty-five apples this would mean you have only 45 apples, and that you also have 12 thousands, and 3 hundreds. Of course, this wouldn't make ...


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You can call it a hundred million million million. The three million in a row can be a bit confusing, which is why the word trillion was invented. Trillion is a contraction of tri (meaning three) and million. That would make the name a hundred trillion. Unfortunately some languages including English have redefined the word trillion to mean 1 000 000 000 ...


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