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    #1

    profits of $20m look achievable

    I read the sentence ' Profits of $20m look achievable' and wonder why we don't say

    A profit of $20m looks achievable. or
    The profits of $20m look achievable. or
    The profit of $20m looks achievable.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: profits of $20m look achievable

    Articles are sometimes left out in abbreviated style for some reasons peculiar to some writers or organizations. ‘Profits’, the plural form of ‘profit’, means monetary gain as a result of capital employment in a transaction or from a business; returns, proceeds & etc. from property or investments.

    The sentence in question is possible. Depending on the intended meanings, some of your other alternatives are also possible.


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    Re: profits of $20m look achievable

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I read the sentence ' Profits of $20m look achievable' and wonder why we don't say

    A profit of $20m looks achievable. or
    The profits of $20m look achievable. or
    The profit of $20m looks achievable.

    Thank you.
    "Profits" being plural implies that the $20m comes from several sources or from several additions from one source. It is not the profit from a single event.

    So using that logic #1 and #3 are not equivalent to the original sentence. Since the sentence (without additional contex) does not relate to a single source I think omission of the article "the" at the beginning is justified.


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    Re: profits of $20m look achievable

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I read the sentence ' Profits of $20m look achievable' and wonder why we don't say

    1. A profit of $20m looks achievable. or
    2. The profits of $20m look achievable. or
    3. The profit of $20m looks achievable.

    Thank you.
    Numbers 2 & 3 sound odd to me. Could it simply be that the tendency is to intro with an indefinite article?

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