hi all,

" Almost 700,000 people visited the city of Rio de Janeiro during the carnival, bringing in almost half-a-billion dollars...."

Is half-a-billion dollars means half of billion dollars(five million dollars) ?

thank you!
Half a billion is the half of this: 1 000 000 000.

The USA billion is 1,000,000,000 (One thousand million). Since the sentence quoted refers to dollars, I'm sure this is what was meant.

However, the traditional British billion has been 1,000,000,000,000( one million million). I think that in 1975, the British govt. adopted the USA version. Perhaps someone living in Britain could verify this.

I prefer the USA version, as it gives me a better chance of becoming a billionaire.

Best wishes, Clive
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In German we have 1) Million, 2) Milliard, and 3) Billion. That equals: 1) 1 000 000; 2) 1 000 000 000; 3) 1 000 000 000 000

The AmE has skipped the Milliard going to the Billion. So, what in most the countries is a Milliard is in AmE a Billion. That can be very confusing if you don't know about it.

As Clive has said, the Milliard has in BrE been replaced with 'Billion'.

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Best wishes, Jake
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