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Hello Richard,
I hope you donít mind my asking two questions today. Now for my question. Are the following sentences grammatically correct and do they make sense?
1. I spent a lot of money on plastic surgery.
2. I spent a lot of money on getting plastic surgery.
3. I spent a lot of money getting plastic surgery.
4. I spent a lot of money to get plastic surgery.
5. I spent a lot of money on having plastic surgery.
6. I spent a lot of money having plastic surgery.
7. I spent a lot of money to get plastic surgery.
8. I spent a lot of money to have plastic surgery.

I greatly appreciate your help.
Best wishes,

(Regarding your supplementary question, "do they make sense": In my view "correct" and "make[s] sense" are the same; that is, a sentence will be correct if and only if it makes sense, and vice versa.)

1 through 4 are correct.
5 is not standard usage, and thus incorrect.
6 through 8 are correct.

If you have something else in mind for "make sense," please feel free to follow up. Or follow up in any case, if you wish.

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I can answer any question (except homework questions)--usually the same day--on correct English grammar, usage, and (non-fiction) writing style, on the basis of the American practice. All answers are explained, and I encourage follow-up.


I'm a retired editor and a lifelong student of this subject. My library includes a great many works to which I've referred through the years. I currently rely largely on the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style supplemented, where appropriate, by Long, The New College Grammar.

For over 30 years I edited the newsletter of my own organization, which had different names but was last known as

BA, Brooklyn College. Advanced studies in economics and political science.

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For many years a member of Mensa.

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