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A cheque , the sum of Options
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 3:35:51 AM
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Please explain the use of "a" before "cheque" and "the" before "sum of"
thar
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 4:33:11 AM

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A cheque - have they specified which cheque?
Has this hypothetical cheque even been issued yet?

Is the sum specified?
Which sum? Is there a defining clause telling you which sum?
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 6:14:04 AM
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coag
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:48:18 PM

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The use of "the sum of" and "a sum of" to specify an amount of money is confusing.

The Webster dictionary gives this example:
1. I paid the sum of $500. (my emphasis added)

But I also found these examples, in other sources:
2. According to Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim, The California Beer & Beverage Distributors became the first "competitors" of marijuana to enter the debate, contributing a sum of $10,000 to the Public Safety First, a committee organized to oppose the proposition. (The Atlantic)

3. Accounting firm RSM Richter, the interim receiver for Jones, says he took out almost $3 million in payments from his company as well as $593,000 for his children's schooling and other expenses, $169,000 for car purchases, and a sum of $497,000 that was later transferred to Bermuda. (The Toronto Star)

4. That deal included a sum of $3 million, or about three cents a share, and an additional $1 million to cover legal fees, according to court documents.
The Toronto Star
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