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What is the usual colloquial term for a number with an exponent in English? Is there something similar to 2 times 31 for "2*31"? What would you say if you were casually talking about such a number with another developer while you are both waiting in line to grab a cup of coffee?

In German we say 2 hoch 31, but all the English forms I know (such as 2 raised to the power of 31 or the 31st power of 2) sound a bit too wordy to me. So, I am curious if there is any shorter, crisp term to communicate such a number to another developer in an informal, spoken context.

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"Two to the thirty one".

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"Two to the power of thirty one"

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"Two to the 31st power"

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"Two to the thirty-first."

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I would say "2147483648" or maybe "2 billion, 147 million, 483 thousand and 648", but maybe that's just me ;)

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Just to the power of.

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I'd say "about 2 billion". :)

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2 raised to the 31st

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You could also say,"MAX_INT + 1" or (MAX_UINT + 1) / 2

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2 pow 31. Very handy if you have a bunch of them in a sentence.

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2 multiplied by itself 31 times. ok fine, i dont actually say that. but i figured i'd give an original response.

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Two to the power of 31