billion or thousand million ?


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Hello , I know they use the word "billion" in the USA but is it also frequently used in Britain ? Can we say and write two billion, three hundred million ?
  • JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    Here is a good (6-page) discussion of this issue - I found it by typing billion into the search box at the top of the page.

    In brief, yes - a billion is now one thousand million in most British usage (they were outnumbered and they adopted the American usage to avoid confusion :eek:)
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