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How much are you short?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sambistapt, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. sambistapt Senior Member

    RIO DE JANEIRO
    Brazilian Portuguese
    Hello amigos!

    A- How much is the ticket?
    B- 45 £
    A-hmm, I don't have enough on me.
    B-How much are you short?
    A-I have 40 £, so I'm 5 £ short.

    My doubt is: Is the underlined question above idiomatic?

    Thanks in advance,

    Sam :)
     
  2. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    It sounds fine to me.


    As an aside, note that we put the £ sign before the figure, eg £5, £40, £32.75.
     
  3. sambistapt Senior Member

    RIO DE JANEIRO
    Brazilian Portuguese
    Thanks a lot :)
     
  4. RM1(SS)

    RM1(SS) Senior Member

    Connecticut
    English - US (Midwest)
    "I have £40, so I'm short £5" sounds much more natural to me.
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  5. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    Either way works for me.
     
  6. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    Either way is fine for me, too.
     

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