I would like to find a verb such that " 'the verb' you this much" is the opposite of "cost you this much". My intuition is that "give" would be such a choice, but I would like to see if there is a better option.

If an example regarding context is helpful, it would be like:

"doing this could make you earn 1000, but it also would cost you 1000".

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    Doing this will cost you a lot. Doing that will earn you a lot. Or doing something else might save you a lot (cause you to spend a lot less than you otherwise would, reduce / negate the cost). Aug 25, 2018 at 18:18
  • Thanks @FumbleFingers. So "earn" can do it right? Feel free to make it an answer thks
    – Yes
    Aug 25, 2018 at 18:19
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    Yes. In general, you earn money (by doing paid work), where you is the "subject" of the verb. But some more abstract nouns - "occupations", for example - can serve as the subject, as Busking earns him enough to pay the rent, My poetry doesn't earn me a living, Plastering earns £300 a day here. Aug 25, 2018 at 18:29
  • @FumbleFingers, Thanks a lot that is what I would like to know!
    – Yes
    Aug 25, 2018 at 18:30
  • I don't quite understand the context. Do you mean Doing this could earn you 1000, but it also would cost you 1000 (i.e. - in practice it's "cost-neutral", neither earning nor costing anything)? Is it intended to be significant that you've used could for the potential earnings, but would for the cost? Aug 25, 2018 at 18:35

2 Answers 2


Saves you this much.

...means costing you this much less.

Earns you this much

Nets you this much

...refers to an income of this much typically from employment, but can also refer to an investment.

Returns you this much

...means earns you this much after making an investment.

Gives you this much

...means you receive this much, which could be the result of earnings or a gift.

Provides you this much

... means you receive this much, which could be the result of employment, investment, or a gift.


In addition to Sean Hare's excellent suggestions, you can also use:

Pays you this much.

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