1. ## \$ 250

We say :

\$250 were spent or
\$250 was spent ??

2. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by medoos
We say :

\$250 were spent or
\$250 was spent ??

(an amount of) \$250 was spent

3. ## Re: \$ 250

I bought a dress for \$100., a pair of shoes for another \$100. and a bag for \$50., so in total, \$250. were spent. (I think!)

4. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by Searching for language
I bought a dress for \$100., a pair of shoes for another \$100. and a bag for \$50., so in total, \$250. were spent. (I think!)
No, a total of \$250 dollars was spent.

5. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
No, a total of \$250 dollars was spent.
Both the plural and the singular are used, but I, for one, prefer the singular.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...earch&aq=f&oq= -- dollars was spent: 39k
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...nt&btnG=Search -- dollars were spent: 67k

6. ## Re: \$ 250

Was or Were :) ????????

7. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by medoos
Was or Were :) ????????

8. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by Searching for language
I bought a dress for \$100., a pair of shoes for another \$100. and a bag for \$50., so in total, \$250. were spent. (I think!)
First, you don't need the periods. Say "I bought a dress for \$100, a pair of shoes for \$100, and a bag for \$50. (You do need the final period, of course.) Second, I believe that in this case we are thinking in terms of money. Thus, we are saying: "This much money (\$250) was spent." However, either is possible. Thus you could say: "This many dollars (250) were spent."

9. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by RonBee
First, you don't need the periods. Say "I bought a dress for \$100, a pair of shoes for \$100, and a bag for \$50. (You do need the final period, of course.) Second, I believe that in this case we are thinking in terms of money. Thus, we are saying: "This much money (\$250) was spent." However, either is possible. Thus you could say: "This many dollars (250) were spent."

Yes, I do need the "." it indicates that it was not \$100.25 in one case, and \$99.75 in the other. I should possibly have posted \$100.00 etc.

10. ## Re: \$ 250

Originally Posted by Searching for language
Yes, I do need the "." it indicates that it was not \$100.25 in one case, and \$99.75 in the other. I should possibly have posted \$100.00 etc.
In English, you do not need a "." if you write \$100, but you do if you write \$100.00.

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