Let's suppose you have lost a specific amount of money in a deal and your partner is going to find out how much it had been. What shall he ask you?
Once, I had a close American friend who had finished his higher education in business management. I remember that he used lots of finance and business terms in his everyday speech. He taught me two terms that can be used in this sense:
- How much are you in the green?
- How much are you in the black?
First of all, most of the major dictionaries do not contain these terms. Then, I'm not sure whether they can be understood by any English speaker or it is somehow a sort of financial jargon which can not be realized for a lot of people.
Please let me know about it and also tell me what would you say in everyday conversation in a clearcut manner?