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    Is this sentence reasonable?

    The total cost of my four-year PhD study will be approximately $61,558 including $4819.5 of tuition fees, $570.01 of student fee, $10000 of room and board per academic year.

    Hey, what do you think of the above sentence? Does it have any grammatical problems? If yes, could you please point them out? Thank you very much!

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    Re: Is this sentence reasonable?

    The total cost of my four-year PhD course will be approximately $61,558, made up of $4,819.50 for tuition fees, $570.01 for student fees and $10,000 for room and board per academic year.
    If you'd put $61,558.04, you could omit approximately.

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    Re: Is this sentence reasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    If you'd put $61,558.04, you could omit approximately.

    Rover
    Thank you very much, Rover. I rewrote my sentence in order to make it much clearer. Of course, I got some very nice ideas from your suggestions.

    The four-year cost of my PhD program will total approximately $61,558.00. To be specific, it will be approximately $15,389.50 per academic year, made up of $4,819.50 for tuition fees, $570.00 for student fee, $10,000.00 for room and board.
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    Re: Is this sentence reasonable?

    Omit approximately. There is nothing approximate in a dollar value that shows the pennies. Is also illogical to assume your living costs will be 10,000.00.

    But do you see why it's inconsistent to include student fees to the penny and living expenses as such an approximation?

    A better chiuce would be to round eveything to the nearest $100 and keep approximate.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 16-Apr-2011 at 13:03.
    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: Is this sentence reasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is also illogical to assume your living costs will be 10,000.00.
    Thanks, Barb_D.

    Do you think the living costs is lower than average? Actually I do not know how much it will be, so it is only a guess.

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    Re: Is this sentence reasonable?

    No, I mean the odds of it coming out to exactly 10,000 on the nose, to the penny, is HIGHLY unlikely.

    About $10,000 a year -- okay.
    It will cost me $10,000.00 a year -- so unlikely.
    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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