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    with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    The $400 billion spent on developing a new fighter jet (with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets') could have given [...]
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    Would you be so kind as to tell me what exactly it means here? Does it mean that $400,000 (for pilot helmets) is spent for each fighter jet?

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    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    It just means that each pilot helmet costs $400,000.

    The context is about highlighting this cost as something you are supposed to see as an absurd amount of money for a helmet (I can buy a quality motorcycle helmet for about $400).

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    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    It just means that each pilot helmet costs $400,000.
    But it doesn't say "with $400,000 for each pilot 'helmet'", but "with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'".

    It might also mean that each new fighter jet has two pilots and therefore it's $400,000 for two helmets, might it not?

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    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    But it doesn't say "with $400,000 for each pilot 'helmet'", but "with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'".

    It might also mean that each new fighter jet has two pilots and therefore it's $400,000 for two helmets, might it not?
    "...with $400,000 each for pilot helmets" equals "...with $400,000 for each pilot helmet".

    It means the same thing - these are just different ways to write it.

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    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    So have I understood it correctly that 'each' here simply cannot refer back to 'fighter jet'?

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    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    I think the sentence is deliberately ambiguous. It could well be that $400,000 of each plane's total cost is devoted to providing the two helmets required.
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    #7

    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    So have I understood it correctly that 'each' here simply cannot refer back to 'fighter jet'?
    My understanding is that 'each' here refers to 'fighter jet'.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    (I can buy a quality motorcycle helmet for about $400).
    It is even cheaper in your current location.
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    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    My understanding is that 'each' here refers to 'fighter jet'.

    No, there's not reason to think that. The billions refer to developing the entire program, including the costs for the materials and production of each jet.
    I would have understood that it was each helmet. If the cost has been listed for each individual airplane, then the "$400,000 each for the helmets" might imply one for every person on the plane.

    However, if you read the article: the single-seat F-35
    So one plane = one pilot = one helmet = $400,000 each helmet.

    In addition, it's not just to protect the pilot's head: its specialized helmet display gives pilots a 360-degree view of their surroundings.

    The head unit, made with help from Lockheed Martin (which designed the F-35) is way more than a protective shell. Built around a custom-fitted insert based on a 3-D scan of the pilot’s noggin, it combines noise-canceling headphones, night vision, a forehead-mounted computer, and a projector. (https://www.wired.com/2016/06/course-f-35-comes-400000-augmented-reality-helmet/) This article asks if the helmet is an accessory to the airplane or the airplane is an accessory to the helmet.
    When tethered to the plane, the helmet gives pilots the combined visual capabilities of Superman and Iron Man, if they were flying Wonder Woman’s invisible plane.
    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: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    I think "helmet" is in quotes here to demonstrate that it is much more than a simple helmet.

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    #10

    Re: with $400,000 each for pilot 'helmets'

    I took it to mean that $400,000 of the $400 billion (total cost for one fighter jet) was used to purchase however many helmets are needed for that jet.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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