A first investment of between 150,000 and 500,000 euros is made in order to develop and test the scientific hypotheses and prove the applicability of the concepts with which the research is concerned.
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Can I omit the preposition "of" in the sentence above?
Had they not used "between XXX and XXX euros", would you have tried to remove the preposition?
I have tried it but I found some examples in Google that confusing me.
1. Between 1950 and 1991 total savings varied between 14 and 22 percent of GDP, and investment between 15 and 22 percent of GDP.
2. Banerjee and Duflo (2004) first show that, after the reforms, newly eligible firms (those with investment between 6.5 million and 30 million) received on average larger increments in their working capital limit than smaller firms.
Thanks, I see it now!
1. A first investment of 250,000 dollars is made in order to develop and test the scientific hypotheses and prove the applicability of the concepts with which the research is concerned.You didn't answer my question in post #3. Imagine that the amount of money was simply 250,000 dollars. How would you start the sentence?
2. A first investment 250,000 dollars is made in order to develop and test the scientific hypotheses and prove the applicability of the concepts with which the research is concerned.
In this case, I have no problem with #1, therefore, I think my problem is that the use of two prepositions "of between XXX and XXX".
But I don't see why #2 is incorrect. Can I understand "A first investment 250,000 dollars" as "A first investment that is 250,000 dollars"?
A first investment of 250,000 dollars = A first investment amounting to 250,000 dollars
The only way you could remove "of" would be to put the figure in brackets:
A first investment (250,000 dollars) is made to ...
We use "of" quite frequently like this:
I made a payment of £10 to reserve the item.
He saved up the massive sum of £1000 to buy his own computer.
At a price of $5, this is a real bargain.
A saving of $5 makes this a real bargain.