Big Numbers- American and British English

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: Numbers
Grammar Topic: General
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 6th Mar 2011

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Big numbers in British and American English

Match the written numbers to a) or b) in each example

1. An old British billion was one million million
a) 1,000,000,000
b) 1,000,000,000,000

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 
amount
a) 1,000,000,000
b) 1,000,000,000,000

3. In British English, it is common the use the word ‘and’ in numbers such as one hundred 
and twenty three
a) 100.23
b) 123

4. Moving such numbers does not change how the ‘and’ is used, as in a hundred and 
twenty three thousand
a) 123,000
b) 1,023

4. There might even be several “and”s in the same number, for example in one hundred 
and three thousand and thirty three
a) 33,103
b) 103,033

5. What is the general rule for where the word “and” can be put in numbers? 

6. Say all the numbers above without looking at the written descriptions.

7. Say the following numbers, practicing using the word ‘and’ in the right place when it can 
be used:
2007
1,302
123,456,789,012
1,200

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

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