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    #1

    "spend "

    I spend too much money on playing this game.
    I spend too much money in playing this game.

    which is correct?
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    #2

    Re: "spend "

    In your example, I would omit the preposition entirely.

    I spend too much money on games. I spend too much money on beer.

    I spend too much money traveling to see my good-for-nothing, out-of-state boyfriend. I spend too much money playing this game.
    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.


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    #3

    Re: "spend "

    Just a reminder: more and more native speakers think spend money + infinitive to be correct English.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/ar...orchestra.html
    China has spent at least $45 billion to put on a World Expo in Shanghai.

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    (By the way, I don't mean to promote the Shanghai Expo here. It is a terrible event and audacious showcase bent on legitimizing an unelected regime.)

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    #4

    Re: "spend "

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    Just a reminder: more and more native speakers think spend money + infinitive to be correct English.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/ar...orchestra.html
    China has spent at least $45 billion to put on a World Expo in Shanghai.

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    (By the way, I don't mean to promote the Shanghai Expo here. It is a terrible event and audacious showcase bent on legitimizing an unelected regime.)
    Post removed by user due to having typed complete rubbish!!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Jul-2010 at 23:45.

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    #5

    Re: "spend "

    What about "You have to spend money to make money."

    Or "You have to spend money to get ahead."

    Isn't this just the infinitive of purpose?

    Or is this a UK/US difference. I see nothing wrong with spending money to achieve an objective.
    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.

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