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    times over

    1-He made me count the money five times over.


    Did I count the money five times in all or six times?


    Gratefully,
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    Re: times over

    Five times.

    "Five times over" is more or less the same as saying "in a succession of five times".
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    Re: times over

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-He made me count the money five times over.


    Did I count the money five times in all or six times?



    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    It is a strange sentence, but I would say 6 times in all.

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    Re: times over

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    He made me count the money five times over.

    As the sentence stands I would think you had to count the money five times in all, in succession.
    For example, "twice over" means doing it two times.

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    Re: times over

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
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    He made me count the money five times over.

    As the sentence stands I would think you had to count the money five times in all, in succession.
    For example, "twice over" means doing it two times.
    I may be wrong, but my take is this. If someone asks you to count something that is once. Then if he/she asks you to count it over, that is twice. Then if it is five times over, I get 6. But I confess, I've never heard that expression before.

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    Re: times over

    I have seen the expression before, and indicates a repetitive sequence (in this case of five times when counting the money).

    (11 = over - definition of over by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.)
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    Re: times over

    5 times

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    Re: times over

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I may be wrong, but my take is this. If someone asks you to count something that is once. Then if he/she asks you to count it over, that is twice. Then if it is five times over, I get 6. But I confess, I've never heard that expression before.
    It was counted five times.

    MikeNewYork is right that if you count something and then someone asks you to count it over, then it's been counted once and then once again (twice in total). But that can also be worded as "It was counted twice over".

    Do it over = Do it again.
    Do it five times over = Do it five times in succession.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: times over

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It was counted five times.

    MikeNewYork is right that if you count something and then someone asks you to count it over, then it's been counted once and then once again (twice in total). But that can also be worded as "It was counted twice over".

    Do it over = Do it again.
    Do it five times over = Do it five times in succession.
    I get it now.

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    Re: times over

    ...many times over.

    ...several times over.
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