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jnzovy

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korean-english
The treaty also gave the United States more land. The U.S. government paid $15 million for more than 845,000 square kilometers (525,000 square miles) of land. That purchase price comes out to about five cents an acre!

What exactly does "to come out to~" mean?
Is it a kind of idiom?
Thank you in advance~
 
  • RCA86

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    UK
    British English
    It's a bit idiomatic, but it just means "works out as", or even just "is".

    So if you buy 10 pens for $1, that 'comes out to' $0.10 for a pen.
    So if you buy 10 pens for $1, that 'works out as' $0.10 for a pen.
    So if you buy 10 pens for $1, that is $0.10 for a pen.
     

    cuchuflete

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    EEUU-inglés
    "Comes out to" = is equal to.

    If you do the necessary arithmetic, the result of the calculation comes out to an amount per square kilometer or square acre.
     
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