I want you guys to check my sentences and see if they make sense to you
I'll pay you ten times what they paid you .
This man is stingy he'd ask you ten times what he gave you .
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
In the second example I meant :
That close-fisted man will take more than what he gave you.
like when you give someone 10 dollars and then you ask him to do too many things for you in rturn.
Last edited by beast; 17-Sep-2010 at 22:15.
Am I correct?
'What he gives with the right hand he takes with the left' - doesn't mean quite the same
'He has short arms and deep pockets' - doesn't mean the same at all
"This man is stingy; he'd ask you ten times what he gave you."
Also, it's grammatically incorrect. We might say "what" in conversation but I think it should be written as:-
"This man is stingy; he'd ask you for ten times that which he gave you."
Thank you Bobk and Koronas for your explanation