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    amount to VS run into

    Is there any difference in the usage of phrasal verbs amount to and run into in these contexts?
    His monthly earnings amount to about $3,500.
    The cost of repairing the damage could run into millions.

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    Re: amount to VS run into

    Both sentences are fine.

    The only difference I see is that "amount(s) to" would more often used when a definite total is involved, whereas "run into" in this context would be more often used when the final total could only be estimated.

    I cannot imagine "run into" used in the first sentence. I have no real reason other than it does not sound right to my ears.

    With the use of the conditional verb "could" in the last sentence, I think that either phrase is possible, especially in common speech.

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