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Tens of thousand

Post by STEVENSAKURA » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:28 pm

- My older brother's made tens of thousands just buying stuff at sales and then turning right around and selling them on Ebay that same day.

- I think "made ten of thousand dollars" is better, right? And by the way, what does "turn right around" mean in this context?

Thanks a lot!

StevenSakura
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Re: Tens of thousand

Post by marie26 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:26 pm

I think "made ten of thousand dollars" is better, right?
I think it would be better stated with:
a. My older brothers made ten thousand dollars...
b. My older brothers made tens of thousands of dollars.....
Note the omission of the apostrophe. The brothers did not own anything.

I am sure this clumsily stated response will be more adeptly answered by someone with more grammatical knowledge, but it is a start.

"Turn right around" means to do something quickly, surprisingly or straight away.
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Post by russcable » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:15 am

Steven, the original version is idiomatic. "Ten of thousand" makes even less sense as it sounds like they could have made a thousand but they only made ten.
marie26 wrote: b. My older brothers made tens of thousands of dollars.....
Note the omission of the apostrophe. The brothers did not own anything.
Marie, the 's is for has not possession. My older brother has made...
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Post by marie26 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:36 am

OK. That makes more sense to me now. And here I was imagining a couple of dudes like I see on 'Pickers'.
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Post by STEVENSAKURA » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:35 pm

Dear friends and members!

- "tens of thousands of dollars" in this context means "$100.000", right? :)

Thanks so much!

StevenSakura
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Re: Tens of thousand

Post by trolley » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:48 pm

It's a pretty vague amount Steve. Any amount over $19,999.99 would be in the "tens of thousands" but I don't know where the upper limit of the range is. After $199,999.99 you might talk about "hundreds of thousands" but, I guess that would still be "tens of thousands".... just a whole lot more of them. I'm going to try filling out my tax forms declaring that I only made thousands of dollars this past year ;)
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Post by hsargent » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:54 pm

Tens of Thousands would be from 20,000 to 90,000.

Quick turn around is a change of direction from buying to selling.

With houses, this is called flipping which is a very visual term.
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Post by Bobinwales » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:15 pm

In the UK “tens of thousands” is simply an expression that means an awful big amount, it has no parameters whatsoever.

“Flipping” here (in a housing context) is what some of our Westminster politicians did by calling their second homes their main residence so that they could claim higher expenses.
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