Remember that numbers are made up of digits, and the value of those digits depends on which place it is in. Consider the number 134\,829. If we look at the number in a place value table, we see the value of each digit.
By writing a number in a place value table we can see what value each digit has.
This video shows how the value of digits can change depending on the place value column. It also talks about the need for zero place-holders in our numbers.
Write the following in numerals:
five hundred and fifty four billion, four hundred and sixty eight million, two hundred and twenty three thousand, seven hundred and ninety eight
The value of any digit in a number depends on which place value column it is in. We always start from the right, with units, or ones, and move left. If there is no digit for that place value, a zero is used as a place-holder.