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    complete v. fill v. fulfill v. make out

    Original: "Since the club owed $20 and had only $15 in the treasury, there was a deficit of $5 to be made up by the members."

    Which of the following is idiomatic, correct and in the same meaning as the original?

    1) "Since the club owed $20 and had only $15 in the treasury, there was a deficit of $5 to be completed by the members."

    2) "Since the club owed $20 and had only $15 in the treasury, there was a deficit of $5 to be filled by the members."

    3) "Since the club owed $20 and had only $15 in the treasury, there was a deficit of $5 to be fulfilled by the members."

    4) "Since the club owed $20 and had only $50 in the treasury, there was a deficit of $5 to be made out by the members."

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    Re: complete v. fill v. fulfill v. make out

    None of them is correct because the maths is wrong. There's no deficit to make up.

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    Re: complete v. fill v. fulfill v. make out

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    None of them is correct because the maths is wrong. There's no deficit to make up.
    Sorry for it, I have corrected.

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    Re: complete v. fill v. fulfill v. make out

    I don't think any of them work - certainly not as well as "make/made up". Is there some reason you don't like "made up"?

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    Re: complete v. fill v. fulfill v. make out

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't think any of them work - certainly not as well as "make/made up". Is there some reason you don't like "made up"?
    Complete or fulfill seemed better to me.

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    Re: complete v. fill v. fulfill v. make out

    How do you complete a deficit? It's already a complete deficit no matter how much you need to make up.
    If you make up the money, you've wiped out the deficit. There is no deficit. That's not a completion. It may be a completion of something else, but not of the deficit. None of them are natural.
    You can bring a deficit to surplus if you're the treasurer.

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