# fifteen of the seventy-five-thousand-pound prize money

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#### LQZ

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we invested fifteen of the seventy-five-thousand-pound prize money to help secure our future. Google Page

Dear all,

Since almost all the sites on the first Google page are Chinese, I strongly suspect the sentence in question is incorrect because it may mean fifteen pounds or fifteen thousand pounds. Could you please explain to me? Thanks

LQZ

##### Senior Member
It means 15,000 because the "seventy-five-thousand-pound" sets the unit of conversation.

#### LQZ

##### Senior Member
It means 15,000 because the "seventy-five-thousand-pound" sets the unit of conversation.
I have trouble understanding the part in red, could you please explain further? Mr Copyright? Thanks.

LQZ

#### boozer

##### Senior Member
Copyright is saying that you must count the thousands, because of the expression seventy-five thousand...

##### Senior Member
It's a term I just made up (sorry) to indicate that a particular unit of currency is being used in a particular conversation.

The last house I bought was \$435,000, but this one was only 32. (Thousand)
I put \$54 million of my own money into this company but the last time I looked it was worth 135. (Million)

Once you've established the numbers -- often thousands or millions -- you're working with, you can use conversational shorthand after that.

#### LQZ

##### Senior Member
Thank you, Mr Copyright and boozer. I've got it.

#### panjandrum

##### Lapsed Moderator
It may be my more leisurely manner (we like not to rush things around here) but I would repeat the "thousand" or other unit in these examples.
... fifteen thousand of the seventy-five thousand pound prize...

The thread title looks very odd to me.
(Not only because thousand was written as shousand )

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I was going to say that it sounded American to me, but then I looked at the Google page and found that it's from an IELTS exam. And from their webpage, I find that IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test. IELTS is jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 500 locations in 130 countries.

#### abenr

##### Senior Member
It may be my more leisurely manner (we like not to rush things around here) but I would repeat the "thousand" or other unit in these examples.
... fifteen thousand of the seventy-five thousand pound prize...

The thread title looks very odd to me.
You could not be more right. Yes, the "thousand" should be repeated. Do anything you can to help the reader is good practice.

#### boozer

##### Senior Member
There is no doubt that repeating the "thousand" is more helpful.

But, on the other hand, the author would not have bothered to make grand statements about investing the princely amount of fifteen dollars, if that was the case. And I doubt that this is the kind of money that could secure anybody's future anyway

#### se16teddy

##### Senior Member
we invested fifteen of the seventy-five-thousand-pound prize money
I think the whole structure is sloppy because there were not fifteen prize moneys.

#### Parla

##### Member Emeritus
It seems to me that LQZ's initial doubt was justified and that the statement is slightly ambiguous. "Fifteen of the 75-thousand-pound prize money" isn't quite right grammatically, either: dropping what functions as a hyphenated compound adjective, you get "fifteen of the money". I think you have to say either "15,000 pounds" (with the rest left as it is) or "15,000 of the 75,000 pounds in prize money".

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