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    Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more. VS

    Are both correct to say here:

    I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

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    I had a complicated case so I had to pay a little more.

    Talking about a cosmetic procedure.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    They are both OK. I prefer the second. It makes it clear that the extra payment was required.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    I think the first might suggest that the speaker paid a little more of his/her own accord, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    I agree Matthew. It sounds to me that they may have chosen to pay more to have exactly what they wanted. e.g.. By choosing to use a more well known surgeon.

    The second sentence sounds as though they were told they needed the extra work, and so they had little, or no, choice other than to pay for it in order to get the complete job done.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 05-Aug-2015 at 08:51.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    [B]may[B]
    I think the first and the second B inside brackets above should be replaced with b and /b respectively in order to put the word in boldface, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the first and the second B inside brackets above should be replaced with b and /b respectively in order to put the word in boldface, but I am not a teacher.
    I don't understand this post at all, I'm afraid.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    Perhaps Eckaslike tried to bold a word but got it wrong, and tidied it up whilst Matthew was posting the above.

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    Yes Rover_KE, that was exactly right.

    I was posting from a mobile phone which decided to post the message twice. It also didn't highlight the word "may" properly, which I then rectified by removing the bold completely. I also had to delete the duplicate posting.

    Unfortunately a poor combination of dodgy phone signal and fat fingers!

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    Re: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the first and the second B inside brackets above should be replaced with b and /b respectively in order to put the word in boldface, but I am not a teacher.
    Matthew, the "I am not a teacher" is required when answering ENGLISH questions.

    On matters of the world such as this case of HTML coding it is not only not necessary, but rather silly. Do we expect English teachers to know coding more than other people?
    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: Are both correct to say here: I had a complicated case so I paid a little more.

    Barb_D, 'but I am not a teacher' suggested that poor English might have been used in the post irrelevant to English learning, as Rover_KE subsequently showed that 'to bold (something)' could have been used instead of 'to put (something) in boldface'.

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