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Sep 2 2009   8:22PM GMT

Expressing large sums of money

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The ARRA stimulus package included ________ for healthcare IT.
a. $20 billion
b. $20 billion dollars

Answer: a.

Explanation: The dollar sign is already in place, so if you put dollars after the figure, you’d be saying twenty billion dollars dollars. Which would just be silly.

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