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Senior Member
Israel, hebrew
I'm wondering if the "a" before the $2.85 million means value? I hope my question makes sense

"to buy her dream house in Washington, a $2.85 million,six-bedroom, neo-Georgian manse"

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    Senior Member
    American English
    It's a manse. What sort of manse? One that costs $2.85 million, that has six bedrooms, and is neo-Georgian in style. The "a" goes with "manse," not with the dollar figure.

    Having said that, I've never heard "manse" used in AE in my life -- maybe I lived too far out of town.


    Senior Member
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    As Copyright pointed out, they do not refer to a cost. The "a" in this phrase refers to manse.
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    Senior Member
    English English
    Also: there's nothing at all unusual about this construction:
    a $2.85m manse
    a 75p bar of chocolate
    a $13 trillion debt
    an £80 cheque for expenses
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