Numbers: Do you know what comes next after TRILLION?


You may never have bothered to ask, or even tried to find out what comes next after trillion when counting your numbers. In fact, some people do not know even know what comes before trillion, so before I get to reveal what comes after the trillion, let us go back a little so that we can easily move forward.

During our nursery and lower primary school days, many of us were taught about place values, and how to count in units, tens, and hundreds. As we advanced a little further, our teachers also taught us about place values of thousands, ten thousand, and hundred thousand when counting. We learnt how to read and write numbers within this range, from units to hundreds of thousands, and all other numbers beyond were usually referred to as ‘uncountable’.

PHOTO showing a female teacher putting a young learner through during class

As we climbed up the school ladder, getting to the upper levels of primary school and junior secondary school, numbers beyond hundreds of thousands started having names, but many of us never knew beyond trillions.

After learning about hundreds of thousands, we got to know about million, tens of million, hundreds of million, billion, tens of billion, hundreds of billions, trillion, tens of trillion, and hundreds of trillion. What follows became unknown, with only a few knowing beyond what they were taught, and some of the few forgetting soon after secondary school.

PHOTO showing a student standing in front of a board, looking confused at the Mathematical symbols written on it.

When writing numerals, it is proper that larger numbers are arranged in groups of three. A figure like; thirteen billion, six hundred and eighty five million, nine hundred and thirty seven thousand, two hundred and forty nine, is properly arranged as: 13 685 937 249 without a comma, but with spaces inbetween instead.

From our previous knowledge, we can recall that a million has six zeros, a billion has nine zeros, while a trillion has twelve zeros. What will a number with fifteen zeros then be called, say 1 000 000 000 000 000?

I’m sorry if I have delayed you a bit, or kept you in suspense, I was just making sure that everyone reading this is carried along.

However, to end all form of curiosity, and reveal the names of a few of those numbers beyond the trillion, here is a list showing figures and what their rightful name is;

1 000 = One thousand

10 000 = Ten thousand

100 000 = One hundred thousand

1 000 000 = One million

10 000 000 = Ten million

100 000 000 = One hundred million

1 000 000 000 = One billion

10 000 000 000 = Ten billion

100 000 000 000 = One hundred billion

1 000 000 000 000 = One trillion

10 000 000 000 000 = Ten trillion

100 000 000 000 000 = One hundred trillion

PHOTO showing an illustrative image of a man, thinking about what comes next after the Trillion when counting his numbers.

1 000 000 000 000 000 = One quadrillion

10 000 000 000 000 000 = Ten quadrillion

100 000 000 000 000 000 = One hundred quadrillion

1 000 000 000 000 000 000 = One quintillion

10 000 000 000 000 000 000 = Ten quintillion

100 000 000 000 000 000 000 = One hundred quintillion

In order to reduce the stress of counting the zeros, I will have to summarize in the following way;

👉 Million (6 zeros)

👉 Billion (9 zeros)

👉 Trillion (12 zeros)

👉 Quadrillion (15 zeros)

👉 Quintillion (18 zeros)

👉 Sextillion (21 zeros)

👉 Septillion (24 zeros)

👉 Octillion (27 zeros)

👉 Nonillion (30 zeros)

👉 Decillion (33 zeros)

👉 Undecillion (36 zeros)

I hope after reading this, you will no longer have issues reading numbers beyond the trillion?

Published by Ernest I.

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