amount to VS ran to


Senior Member

Could you tell me if it is correct to replace " ran to" with "amounted to" in the following sentences?

- In the end, the bill ran to thousands of dollars.
- His account ran to more than I expected.

Thank you.
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Your source please?

    You could but it doesn't convey the same nuance.

    In the first, I'd prefer "came to thousands of dollars".


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The second sentence says explicitly, and the first implicitly, that the total was more than expected.

    If you substitute "amounted to", I think you lose that implicit "and that was a very large amount" given by "ran to" in your first sentence. (You might have expected the bill to be millions of dollars, so when it amounted to only thousands you were somewhat relieved.)
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