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I'm developing an application about gambling and I need an other word than "bet".

The users can create their own bets then every other players can place a bet on a proposition. For example :

Would I get my degree ? Yes/No

Players can then place a bet on Yes or No.

Here is the sentence I'm trying to translate from French :

Placer une mise sur un pari

Basically, "pari" and "mise" can be translated by "bet". For example :

Pari :

Je te fais le pari que je peux aller là-haut = I bet you I can get up there

Mise :

Je mise sur ce cheval-ci = I place a bet on this horse

On the application, there is a list of "bets" displayed. They can then place a bet on them. But because I'm already using the word "bet" to say "placer une mise (place a bet)" I need another word to say "pari".

I was wondering about the word "gamble" but I'm not sure this can be a good translation in this context. Basically, the players would place a bet on a gamble. Is it a correct sentence?

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"wager" is a common synonym for "bet" and will mean the same thing in this context.

"gamble" doesn't quite work here, because gambling involves placing bets, but also involves other things such as the decision-making process behind the bet, the rules of the game, etc.

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I don't think you need to do a word-for-word literal translation. In English, we don't say "bet on a bet".

Another word to consider is wager. I would use something like, "Make a wager (on the outcome)".

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  • Thanks ! So I can say "place a bet on the outcome of a bet" ?
    – M. Ozn
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 21:46
  • @M.Ozn You really don't need the last part "of a bet". It is redundant.
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 21:47
  • Oh sorry, I made a mistake. I mean, "Make a wager on the outcome of a bet" ?
    – M. Ozn
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 21:49
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    @M.Ozn Still clunky. Not very idiomatic. People say "wager on the outcome of a race/election/game".
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 21:54

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