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maltliquor87
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 2:55:06 AM

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Hello!

Which of the following two sentences sounds better to you?

a)
Quote:
The book has reached a million copies sold


b)
Quote:
The book has reached a million sold copies
J W Henderson
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 5:06:23 AM

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The best order is a): "a million copies sold". This order has more clarity.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Or say it in other way:

The book has sold million copies already
.


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Romany
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 5:24:23 AM
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To me it doesn't sound right: it isn't that "the book" has reached that point, it's the "sales" which have done so.

So I'd say that: "Sales of the book have reached a million copies." That's a pretty high point for modern book sales.
Romany
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To me it doesn't sound right: it isn't that "the book" has reached that point, it's the "sales" which have done so.

So I'd say that: "Sales of the book have reached a million copies." That's a pretty high point for modern book sales.
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I would say none.

I agree with Henderson that the common terminology is 'a million copies sold'. But it does not fit the given sentence in present structure.
The book has reached ...... It should be a milestone or some destination.
You may say "The book has reached 'a million copied sold' mark."


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maltliquor87
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 6:03:40 AM

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"The book has reached a million copies sold" was what I heard from a Canadian professor when he referred to "The Selfish Gene" by R.Dawkins. I wondered whether a slightly different word order was okay. It has now turned out that even the original sentence is not exactly an example of good English.

Thank you all
Romany
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 9:55:52 AM
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Srirr - you're perfectly correct that selling a million copies is a benchmark. It signals a great success. What is usually said with 'mark' is - "Sales of the book have reached the million copies mark." (Tho I'd be willing to guess it's a lot more copies than a million by now! It's been translated into so many different languages!)
srirr
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 12:49:44 AM

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I admit Romany that technically it is not the book but the sales that have reached that mark. It is well understood that the book (or a physical copy of the book) has not moved anywhere to reach some milestone. The sales figures have moved. But it is fairly ok to say that the book has reached the mark. It is a common wording.

Like, title of a book is technically the identifying name of the book. But the other meaning of the title is also the book itself.


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Romany
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 5:23:56 AM
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Srirr,

Oh, undoubtedly no-one would think the physical book had reached a particular benchmark.

What I was trying to explain - perhaps ineptly - is why it is that usually cover blurbs or reviews is why we


would start such sentences with "Sales" rather than "The book" in BE
(Sorry for the line break above. I struggle with the predictive text on my iPad)
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