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    Need Help

    I've got a few questions:

    1. How do you pronounce 'a $5 million" in the following sentence?
    -The firm has won a $5 million contract to build ships for the navy.

    Can I change it for 'a five-million contract'?

    2. Is the phrase "With a few days to go to the carnival, I had to sth"

    correct?

    3. Which structure sounds more natural to you?
    The contract to build the hospital has been awarded to a Dutch company.
    The contract for building the hospital has been awarded to a Dutch company.

    Are they both correct?

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    Re: Need Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    1. How do you pronounce 'a $5 million" in the following sentence?
    -The firm has won a $5 million contract to build ships for the navy.

    Can I change it for 'a five-million contract'?
    . . . a five-million dollar contract . . .

    2. Is the phrase "With a few days to go to the carnival, I had to sth"
    correct?
    . . . I had to do something.

    3. Which structure sounds more natural to you?
    The contract to build the hospital has been awarded to a Dutch company.
    The contract for building the hospital has been awarded to a Dutch company.

    Are they both correct?
    The first one is best. The second one means the hospital was built already. It's odd with present 'has been', right?


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    Re: Need Help

    I just forgot to put 'dollar' and 'do' in the first two sentences. So, they were OK.

    The second one means the hospital was built already.
    How do you know that? What word(s) indicates that the hospital was built already.

    As far as I can see you are a Canadian, aren't you? I asked a question about Canada a few days ago in the adjoining forum (General Language Discussion) but no one has answered it yet. Have a look at it, please

    Thank you very much indeed for your comments!
    Last edited by Flash; 26-Jun-2005 at 14:33.

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    Re: Need Help

    In that context, 'for building' is synonymous with 'for having already done':

    The contract for building the hospital (i.e., for having already built the hospital) . . . .

    Note, 'to build' or the to-infinitive refers to an unrealized event--one that hasn't yet happened. That's why 'to build' works.

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