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    If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    1) If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    2) You will get back or earn what you will invest not a single penny more than that (like if you invest $100 you will get back only $100. Once you have established your business firmly than you will start making profit.).

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1)2) You will get back or earn what you will invest not a single penny more than that (like if you invest $100 you will get back only $100. Once you have established your business firmly than you will start making profit.).
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would make life a lot simpler if you stuck to one sentence at a time. This has been suggested several (dozen) times before.
    Tufguy, you offered two possibilities in sentence 2: "get back" and "earn". If you want to ask whether you should use "get back" or "earn", write a variation of the sentence with each verb and number them. ​Every time you see the word "or" in one of your example questions, make sure it's part of the sentence and not a way to ask about two different words or phrases.
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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    1) '... for the ​first few months.'

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Tufguy, you offered two possibilities in sentence 2: "get back" and "earn". If you want to ask whether you should use "get back" or "earn", write a variation of the sentence with each verb and number them. ​Every time you see the word "or" in one of your example questions, make sure it's part of the sentence and not a way to ask about two different words or phrases.
    1) If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for the first few months.

    2) You will earn what you will invest not a single penny more than that (like if you invest $100 you will get back only $100. Once you have established your business firmly than you will start making profit.).

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for the first few months. [Grammatically correct. Realistically, that should be "the first few years".]

    2) You will earn what you will invest not a single penny more than that (like if you invest $100 you will get back only $100. Once you have established your business firmly than you will start making profit.).
    The one or two sentences in number 2 are a mess. Write some short, simple sentences without parentheses ("brackets" in BrE) for our consideration.
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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The one or two sentences in number 2 are a mess. Write some short, simple sentences without parentheses ("brackets" in BrE) for our consideration.
    2) You get only that much of money back that you invest in a business for the first few years. Not even a single penny more than that.

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    For the first few years of running a business, you might break even. You won't make a profit.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    you might break even.
    Do you mean "give up" by this?

    How about my sentence?

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: If you start a business you shouldn't expect any profit for a first few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    2) You get only that much of money back that you invest in a business for the first few years. Not even a single penny more than that.
    You get as much money back from a business in the first few years as you invested in it, and no more.
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