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Thursday, February 06, 2020

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Simon,

I'm a beginner of your blog and I really enjoy your lesson.

I think the noun phrases "consumer spending on five different products" doesn't mean "the amount of money that people spent on five items"

As a result of the subject is consumer, we need to rewrite with the same subject.

ex.
-people consuming five items
-those who buy five different products


Thanks

Hi Yang,

I think the two phrases DO mean the same thing. What do you see as different?

Simon,

sorry for taking your time, maybe it is my
misunderstanding.I think the composition of the phrase of "consumer spending on five different products" means consumer(s.) who spends on five different products", and the second phrase of "the amount of money that people spent on five items" means the quantity of money(s.) that people spent on five items.

The first phrase describes the consumer, and the second phrase describes the money.

Thanks!

Hi Yang,

Ok, I think I can see where you're getting confused:

The meaning of "consumer spending" is "amount of money spent by consumers".

e.g. Consumer spending rose = The amount of money spent by consumers rose

Does this help?

Simon,

Thanks for your explanation, I finally understand.
It really helps me a lot!


Hi Simon,

Thanks for providing the lesson! Can you please explain more when we use the plural form of 'amounts' (in the second example)? I personally have never seen 'amounts' though...

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