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    Please check my sentence...

    If the money does not arrive at Aurelio’s house before the night comes, Aurelio will surrender Venus and Milagros to the police for the reward money on top of their heads.


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    What do you mean by "on top of their heads"? Is it an idiom?

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    I don't understand the sentence. If the money (from whom?) doesn't come, Aurelio will act lawfully, but if the money comes, he will act unlawfully?
    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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    Re: Please check my sentence...

    The context is Venus is being searched by the police because of a crime she did not commit. Somebody, who is the real suspect and who had been wanting to kill Venus, framed Venus up and released reward money for whoever can surrender Venus to the police. Now, Aurelio found Venus and blackmailed her foster mother, Lolita, who had been protecting her that if Lolita cannot give Aurelio the money he asks, Aurelio will surrender Venus to the police and get the reward money instead.

    Please help! THANKS SO MUCH!

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    @birdeen's call:

    Yes, I was meaning "on top of their heads" as an idiom. I'm hoping I got it right.

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    Re: Please check my sentence...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    @birdeen's call:

    Yes, I was meaning "on top of their heads" as an idiom. I'm hoping I got it right.
    But what does this idiom mean? I never heard it and I can't find it in any dictionary.

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    Re: Please check my sentence...

    The usage is typically: "They killed a man and left town, now the cops have put a $10,000 reward/bounty on their heads".
    You could say ".. for the reward on their heads" or just ".. for the reward/bounty money". Other possibilities: ".. for the reward that's been posted", ".. for the reward that's up for grabs". Depending on the tone of the rest of the writing.

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