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    “When the economy got worse, our business got better,” said Katie Kessing, an iCare spokeswoman. In 2010, a little more than a thousand dentists offered the iCare finance plan — a program that requires patients to pay 30 percent down as well as a fee of 15 percent of the total procedure cost.

    From New York Times: Patients Mired in Costly Credit From Doctors

    Hi, respected teachers:

    What's the meaning of "down" here?Does it mean pay less than 30 percent?

    Thanks~~

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    Re: down

    You pay that amount in the beginning as a deposit.

    You may see car ads: $X down and $Y/month.
    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: down

    Thanks. I understand~~

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    Re: down

    Michelle-Yang, please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "thanks". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves us all time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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