What is the equivalent for the number in Spanish: 1'740.720? I saw this number in an article, but don't understand the ' symbol after the one (1'). It looks like an apostrophe was placed after the number. I understand the punto after the the thousands 1.000.


That apostrophe is simply marking millions. 1'000.000 is one million (1.000.000).

That isn't a standard notation in Spanish (in fact, it isn't recommended), and other languages also use apostrophes as separators:

3. Los millones
No hay un signo especial para los millones, que se marcan igualmente con un espacio. Se desaconsejan, por tanto, grafías como 1’000,000 (con apóstrofo) y 1,000.000 (coma y punto), que se ven ocasionalmente en los medios.

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    Thank you. Your answer is helpful. One of my Spanish 4 AP students was attempting to comprehend a chart in which the apostrophe type symbol was used. The class thought it might have something to do with millions, but as I had never used this symbol, I was not sure. I let the students know that I would inquire, and give them an explanation upon their return to class. Sep 8 '18 at 12:51
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    @RuthGonzalez I'm glad I could help! Please don't forget that you can mark an answer as correct with the green check button.
    – Racso
    Sep 8 '18 at 14:05
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    that notation was still used in late 80's and early 90's , THANK GOD!, most editors are finally adopting the standard notation
    – Mike
    Sep 11 '18 at 15:10

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