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Million or Millions

Vocabulary | Confusables

Vocabulary

Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

Confusables

Certain words in English are so alike that they confuse even native English speakers. Words like their and there for instance are often confused. The Activities here look in detail at some of the most common confusable words and give you plenty of explanation into how to use them correctly as well as plenty of exercises to help you avoid making mistakes in the future. 

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Words like hundred, thousand, million, billion, and trillion cause confusion for students who are not sure if they should use hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions instead. This lesson will help you to avoid this mistake. It gives you the simple rules to follow and some exercises to help you practice using them. If you have asked a hundred times how to use these words, this microlearning lesson is for you. You should not have to do it hundreds of times before you stop making this common mistake.

Look at these sentences. Can you see a difference? I have a million Euros. I have millions of Euros. I have tens of millions of Euros. Before you ask, I don’t actually have a million Euros let alone millions of Euros. The Britlish Library is not quite so successful, yet. Can you see what the rules are?When I was born there were a little over three billion people on the planet. Today, there are billions more. Mars is an average of 225 million kilometers from Earth. An insect's compound eye is made up of thousands of individual lenses. How many hairs has a cat got? I don't know. Probably millions. There are estimated to be around 37.2 trillion cells in a human body and around 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe. So there are billions more cells in your body than there are stars in the universe.

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