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    Smile invest his money to good purpose.

    He went broke because he failed to invest his money to good purpose.



    Does the underlined part sound right? If yes, what does it mean? Thanks.

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    Default Re: invest his money to good purpose.

    "To good purpose" and its opposite "to no good purpose" are valid English expressions. I'd prefer one of the following:

    He went broke because because he failed to invest his money wisely.
    He went broke because he made unwise investments.
    He went broke because he made foolish investments.

    Note that "wise" and "foolish" are often used when you're talking about spending money.

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    He went broke because he failed to invest his money to good purpose.



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    Default Re: invest his money to good purpose.

    Thanks, Edward.

    Do you imply that the original sounds awkward?

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    Default Re: invest his money to good purpose.

    It does sound a little awkward to me, but only because I stopped to think about it. It's not the way I'd express the idea.

    So much about language is individual, and my reaction here is individual.

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    Thanks, Edward.

    Do you imply that the original sounds awkward?

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    Default Re: invest his money to good purpose.

    Thanks, Edward.

    Roger!

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    Default Re: invest his money to good purpose.

    "put his money to good use" is another way to word it.

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    Thanks, Edward.

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    Default Re: invest his money to good purpose.

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    "put his money to good use" is another way to word it.

    edward
    Thanks, Edward.

    By the way, does 'put his money to good purpose" amount to "put his money to good use?"

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