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"Billion" is an adjective which is often translated as "mil millones", and "million" is an adjective which is often translated as "millón". Learn more about the difference between "billion" and "million" below.
billion(
bihl
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yihn
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (a thousand million)
a. mil millones
There are currently seven billion people living on Earth.Actualmente en la Tierra viven siete mil millones de personas.
b. millardo
The company, now valued at $19 billion, was set up in 1996.La empresa, ahora valorada en 19 millardos de dólares, se estableció en 1996.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (a thousand million)
a. el mil millón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How much is the company worth? - Two billion.¿En cuánto está valorada la empresa? - Dos mil millones.
b. el millardo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An extra billion was added to cover the interest on the loan.Se agregó otro millardo para cubrir los intereses del préstamo.
3.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(a million million) (United Kingdom)
a. el billón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How many billions of grains of sand are there on a beach?¿Cuántos billones de granos de arena constituyen una playa?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(vast quantity)
a. el millón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I have a billion things to do before the end of the day.Tengo un millón de cosas que hacer antes de que se acabe el día.
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million(
mihl
-
yihn
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (number)
a. millón
The country has approximately four million inhabitants.El país cuenta con aproximadamente cuatro millones de habitantes.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (number)
a. el millón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Millions of people tuned in to watch the sporting event this past weekend.Millones de personas sintonizaron para ver el evento deportivo este fin de semana pasado.
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