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#### jnzovy

##### Senior Member
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?

• #### RCA86

##### Senior Member
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

##### Senior Member
"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.

#### cawr22

##### New Member
"comes out to" is usually used for calculated prices. It basically just means "amounts to" or "ends up being" or even "is."

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