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    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.
    No you are not right.
    100 or 100.00 (I have an MSc degree in maths and physics.)

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    #12

    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    We say :

    $250 were spent or
    $250 was spent ??
    Actually both are possible, but the singular 'is' will tend to be preferred by natives (basic English syntax is sufficient, of course, to justify, at least in principle, the use of the plural verb with a plural subject).

    Amounts of money, as well as measurements of distance, weight, and so forth, tend to be conceived of as singular items. While verbal agreement in such cases can be optional, the singular is virtually obligatory in cases of subject-complementation by a singular noun, thus

    Ten miles IS a long way to walk.

    A thousand dollars IS a fortune to me.

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    #13

    Re: $ 250

    Thanks for all replies
    but I got lost :(
    there is not unanimity......
    Last edited by medoos; 03-Feb-2009 at 16:10.

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    #14

    Re: $ 250

    Quote Originally Posted by medoos View Post
    Thanks for all replies
    but I got lost :(
    there is not unanimity......
    Quite simply put, a sum of money is usually seen as a unit and not lots of seperate notes or coins. Therefore $250, or any other amount, is a singular unit. $250 was spent is 100% correct.

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