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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 5:27:34 AM
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Hi,

I'm not sure if "spend money buying something" sounds odd. It seems that the verbs "spend" and "buy" are too close in meaning. Is it natural to say the following?


John spent one million dollars buying the vase.


I'd appreciate your help.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 7:54:47 PM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

I'm not sure if "spend money buying something" sounds odd. It seems that the verbs "spend" and "buy" are too close in meaning. Is it natural to say the following?


John spent one million dollars buying the vase.


I'd appreciate your help.


"Spend" and "buy" aren't really that closely related, though they can be in some instances. You can spend enormous amounts of money and really buy nothing (stocks/commodities, for example which are only bits on electronic computers), unless you count an experience as "something" to buy.

Usually, spending money is thought of as money going out of your account/pocket, whereas buying is thought of as gaining some item, some possession, or perhaps, an experience.
raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 9:51:08 PM
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Thank you. Do you find the example sentence natural?
Bathcoup
Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021 3:04:13 AM
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John spent one million dollars for the vase.
John bought the vase for one million dollars.

John paid $1M for the vase.
John forked out $1M for the vase.
- kinda informal
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021 10:42:10 AM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Thank you. Do you find the example sentence natural?


Yes, it sounds natural.
georgew
Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:56:00 PM

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[quote=FounDit][quote=raymondaliasapollyon]Hi,

I'm not sure if "spend money buying something" sounds odd. It seems that the verbs "spend" and "buy" are too close in meaning.


Yes, it sounds a bit odd. It's mildly tautological but few would be bothered by it.

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