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    $ 250

    We say :

    $250 were spent or
    $250 was spent ??

    many thanks in advance


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    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    We say :

    $250 were spent or
    $250 was spent ??

    many thanks in advance
    (an amount of) $250 was spent

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    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!)

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    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    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.


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    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    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


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    Re: $ 250

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


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    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    Was or Were :) ????????
    black or white? Read the thread and draw your own conclusions.

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    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    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."


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    #9

    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    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.

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    #10

    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    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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