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Which sentence sounds better to you?

-No, I won't do it for $500. You will have to pay me double that if you want me to fix your car.

- No, I won't do it for $500. You will have to pay me double that amount if you want me to fix your car.


Thank you.

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Both are fine.

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Thank you, GPY. Would "...pay me double this" sound okay too?

Gene93

Thank you, GPY. Would "...pay me double this" sound okay too?

Not in conversation when talking about $500 in the abstract, no. It would be possible if the offered $500 was, say, physically in the speaker's hand or on the table in front of the speaker.

It would also be possible to use "this" if these are written sentences.

Interesting. Would "double that" be ungrammatical if the money was in front of the speaker or in his/her hand?


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Gene93Would "double that" be ungrammatical if the money was in front of the speaker or in his/her hand?

No, in that situation both "this" and "that" are possible, depending on speaker perception.

(In any event, it would not be ungrammatical, as this is not a question of grammar. There could hardly be a context in which one of "this" or "that" was grammatical but the other was not.)

Thank you. I thought it was a question of grammar because of the way the two words are used. If something's in my hands or on a table in front of me, it would be logical to use "this" and vice versa. Emotion: smile I know, learners of English can be weird. Emotion: big smile

Gene93Thank you. I thought it was a question of grammar because of the way the two words are used. If something's in my hands or on a table in front of me, it would be logical to use "this" and vice versa. I know, learners of English can be weird.

For me, anything that follows the grammar rules of English is "grammatical", even if it is semantically nonsense or inappropriate for the situation.

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