What do you call what you lose when you bet? Stake?

takiakos76

Senior Member
Hungarian
Hi!

"Yesterday we bet with one of my friends."
If I want to ask what the thing is that they agreed that the loser would lose / forfeit / have to do, how do I ask that?
a) "What was the bet about?"
b) "What was the stake?"
c) "What was at stake?"
d) "What did you bet on?" (This is surely incorrect: you bet on a game, but that's not what you lose if you lose the bet...?)

P.S.: to me it also sounds like a common enough question, but I didn't find anything close enough to this by searching "bet stake" and "bet on"...
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    You: "Yesterday, we bet with one of my friends."
    Her: "What did you bet?"
    You: "We bet $20 it would rain today before 4pm."

    You: "Yesterday, we bet with one of my friends."
    Her: "What did you bet on?"
    You: "We bet on whether it would rain today before 4pm."
    Her: "How much did you bet?"
    You: "We bet $20."
     

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    (b) is fine.
    (a) and (d) ask about the event being bet on, not the amount. (c) is usually incorrect in the context of betting (but perhaps the person's reputation as en excellent tipster was at stake).

    Copyright's "How much did you bet?" (or "how much did you wager?") is more common than asking about the stake.
     

    takiakos76

    Senior Member
    Hungarian
    You: "Yesterday, we bet with one of my friends."
    Her: "What did you bet?"
    You: "We bet $20 it would rain today before 4pm."

    [...]
    Thank you guys!
    I presume the above works also when you don't bet money, but something else?
    "I bet my watch the white horse would win" -- correct?
     
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