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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    His total sales that year grossed about 20 million dollars.
    My question is: Can I use "netted" to replace ''grossed"?

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    Jiang

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    Re: net

    You cannot. Net is frequently used incorrectly in this context. Gross sales refers to the amount of money he received from the sale of his product. His net would be the amount of money remaining after all deductions (what he paid for the product, taxes, etc.) have been made (his profit.)

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    Re: net

    Dear riquecohen,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Please read the next sentence:

    The company's profit last year _____ 5 million dollars.
    The key to this sentence is either "netted" or "grossed". Could you please explain if it is correct or not?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    You cannot. Net is frequently used incorrectly in this context. Gross sales refers to the amount of money he received from the sale of his product. His net would be the amount of money remaining after all deductions (what he paid for the product, taxes, etc.) have been made (his profit.)

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    Re: net

    Profit is "net" by definition.

    The company's profit last year was 5 million dollars.

    OR

    The company netted 5 million dollars last year.

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    Re: net

    Dear SoothingDave,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. May I ask if you mean "grossed" is not correct?

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    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Profit is "net" by definition.

    The company's profit last year was 5 million dollars.

    OR

    The company netted 5 million dollars last year.

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    Re: net

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear SoothingDave,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. May I ask if you mean "grossed" is not correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    A profit can't net or gross anything. The company does.
    The original question is trying to say, "The profit made a profit of $5m." It's wrong.

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    Re: net

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear riquecohen,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Please read the next sentence:

    The company's profit last year _____ 5 million dollars.
    The key to this sentence is either "netted" or "grossed". Could you please explain if it is correct or not?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    "Grossed" is not correct. The easiest way to complete the sentence is "The company´s profit last year was 5 million dollars." See also SoothingDave´s suggested options and Raymott´s recent post.

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    Re: net

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear SoothingDave,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. May I ask if you mean "grossed" is not correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Do you understand that "gross" and "net" are two different measures?

    In your original sentence, you could say the sales grossed 5 million. Normally sales are a measure of gross income. But it is possible to say the sales netted 5 million.

    In your second sentence, the word "profit" is used, which automatically means "net." So adding "netted" is redundant, adding "grossed" is illogical.

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