220 – Cost vs Spend

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We use both cost and spend to talk about using money & time. However, the way we use these words is different. For today’s English lesson let’s have a look at how we can use cost and spend in everyday English conversation.

Here are the example sentences:
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Using cost:

  • At the beach, a hot dog costs around five dollars.
  • An iPad costs less in New York than it does in Tokyo.
  • I usually compare the cost of something in different stores before I buy it.
  • That restaurant is really nice, but the cost is high.
  • I missed my flight, so it cost me a whole day.
  • The traffic jam cost me an extra half an hour this morning.
  • That meeting cost me three hours. Now I need to work overtime.

Using cost:

  • Bob spent a lot of money on that watch.
  • I spend three hundred dollars a month on groceries.

  • I can easily spend the whole day at the beach.
  • I spent an hour in traffic this morning.

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Comments 4

  1. Very Good. I just need to know about one think . When I use HAVE GOT and when I use HAVE … Cause we have the following sentence : I've got eyes…. for exemple and we have : I have something … I have eyes ( Can I say that ?)

  2. Hi Damaris…that's a great question. In American English we use both:
    I've got a dog & I have a dog
    A key point to note is that we do not generally say the un-contracted form, for example:
    I have got a dog. ← This sentence sounds like British English to my ears.
    Thanks for the question! I hope that helps 🙂

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