A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
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Lesson Plan Text
1. An old British billion was one million million
2. But nowadays the American billion has become standard. Nonetheless, in a British
context you can make yourself totally clear by just saying a thousand million for the same
3. In British English, it is common the use the word ‘and’ in numbers such as one hundred
and twenty three
4. Moving such numbers does not change how the ‘and’ is used, as in a hundred and
twenty three thousand
4. There might even be several “and”s in the same number, for example in one hundred
and three thousand and thirty three
5. What is the general rule for where the word “and” can be put in numbers?
In a three or five digit number (or a three digit part of a larger number), the “and”
comes between the hundreds and tens. This is true even when the hundreds and or
tens are zero, e.g. in “one thousand and one” (1,001).
7. Say the following numbers, practicing using the word ‘and’ in the right place when it can
2007 - two thousand and seven
1,302 - one thousand three hundred and two
123,456,789,012 – one hundred and twenty three billion, four hundred and fifty six
million, seven hundred and eight nine thousand and twelve
1,200 – one thousand two hundred (not possible to put an “and” in it)
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011