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    #1

    spend

    1. How much did you spend on that book?
    2. How much did you spend for that book?
    3. We spent many hours reading the book.
    4. We spent many hours to read the book.

    Are the above sentences acceptable?
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    #2

    Re: spend

    1, 2 and 3 are good.
    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

    I don't like 2.

    'How much did you pay for that book' is fine.

    4 is wrong.

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    #4

    Re: spend

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    What's wrong with no.4?
    Can you point out?

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    #5

    Re: spend

    'Spend time' is not followed by an infinitive.

    You could say 'It took us many hours to read the book'.

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    #6

    Re: spend

    1. spend money on something
    2. spend time on something
    3. spend money for something
    4. spend time for something
    5. spend money on doing something
    6. spend time on doing something
    7. spend money doing something
    8. spend time doing something
    9. spend money to do something
    10. spend time to do something
    Which of the above expressions is NOT acceptable?
    Last edited by sitifan; 09-Jun-2015 at 16:37.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #7

    Re: spend

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'How much did you pay for that book' is fine.
    Also, "How much did you spend on that book?" is fine.

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    #8

    Re: spend

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. spend money on something OK
    2. spend time on something OK
    3. spend money for something Depends
    4. spend time for something Not really.
    5. spend money on doing something OK
    6. spend time on doing something OK
    7. spend money doing something OK
    8. spend time doing something OK
    9. spend money to do something
    10. spend time to do something
    Which of the above expressions is NOT acceptable?
    7 and 8 are generally wrong, though someone might find a use for them.
    But these are only phrases. They can't all be assigned acceptability without seeing them in a sentence.
    For example, 3. "How much money did you spend for that book" has been voted wrong (though not unanimously), but "I spend money for the usual reasons." is a correct sentence.

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