Numbers: hundreds, thousands, millions, billions

Vocabulary for large numbers, hundreds, thousand, millions and billions

Vocab

Cent One hundred
Deux cents Two hundred
Cinq cents Five hundred
Mille One thousand
Deux mille Two thousand
Dix mille Ten thousand
Cent mille One hundred thousand
Cinq cent mille Five hundred thousand
Un million One million
Cinq millions Five million
Un milliard One billion
Cinq milliards Five billion

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SaraC1Kwiziq community member

Presence of the "s" at the end

Why are certain words (like five billion) written in plural while other words (like two thousand) are written in singular? 

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Sara, 

It is because mille is invariable -

mille = one thousand

deux mille two thousand

cent mille = one hundred thousand

however, million and milliard are not, so will agree in number.

I hope this helps!

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I think the answer is possibly lost in the mists of time. For no obvious reason that I am aware of «mille» is invariant and never made plural by adding 's'. All of the other 'large numbers' including millier(s) de, are made plural by adding 's' when required.  Expressing large numbers: thousands, millions and billions%252Fsearch%253Fs%253Dmilliers%252Bde

Presence of the "s" at the end

Why are certain words (like five billion) written in plural while other words (like two thousand) are written in singular? 

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