If your answer is different, then don’t worry! At English42 we have lots of guides to help you express numbers, whether you’re writing or speaking.
(For example, check out our Quick English guide on pronouncing numbers like 13 and 30 and our quiz on ordinal numbers like first, second, third…)
Here, you can find a chart to help you remember the big numbers. It’s actually not too difficult to understand: just follow the comma. Download the chart, keep it, learn it, practice it and use it!
Numbers in English – spoken and written
Notice how the comma changes everything? Where the comma appears, we stop saying numbers and start saying words like “thousand”, “hundred thousand” or “million”.
The comma is also important when we write numbers in English. English speakers do things differently than other cultures. Where most cultures use a comma (for example, €3,99), English speakers use a full stop / period (€3.99). On the other hand, when other cultures use a full stop / period (for example, €100.000), we use a comma (€100,000). If you’re talking about money, or working as a professional businessperson, this tiny punctuation mark can make a huge difference!
When you can understand, pronounce and write numbers in English, the language becomes much easier for you. If you think you know numbers in English pretty well, then test yourself! Go to our difficult listening test, designed for advanced and IELTS exam students.