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    Sally gambled everything on one card

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct. Is "gamble on one card" correct English? Could I say also "put everything on one card"?

    Sally gambled everything on one card and, with her savings, opened a clothing shop.

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    Re: Sally gambled everything on one card

    "Gambled everything on one card" is understandable here. However, instead of "and" (which makes it sound like she did two things), I'd say something like:

    Sally gambled everything on one card when she used her life savings to open a clothes shop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Sally gambled everything on one card

    "Gambled everything on one card" is a very common idiom taken from casino speech. In gambling terms you are betting all of your money on the next playing card that is revealed. I think you have heard of it before. It is similar to the Texas Hold'em poker phrase "going all in".

    It can easily be adapted for other common speech where you have decided to partake in a venture where you risk everything if it fails.

    I like the changes emsr2d2 made to your sentence.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Jul-2017 at 20:31. Reason: Added missing word ("made" after "emsr2d2")
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    Re: Sally gambled everything on one card

    gambled everything on one card
    "Put all her eggs in one basket" would also work here, at least in American English.

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    Re: Sally gambled everything on one card

    I was about to say exactly the same.

    In fact, I'd say it's more common in BE.

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