Is the use of come up to correct in this context?

We bought tons of stuff at X place. The whole bill came up to X dollars.

I often see people (non natives) use come out in this situation:

The whole set up came out to be Y dollars.

Which of these two or both is correct idiomatic usage in this context?

  • I think the 'be' in the first example you gave is implied (and therefore correct). – Othya Jul 16 '14 at 17:48
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    I think it's more likely that non-native speakers would say, "The whole thing turned out to be Y dollars." (I'm not sure what you meant by "set up"; probably setup; though its meaning would be more like some sort of operation than raw materials.) – Damkerng T. Jul 16 '14 at 19:42
  • This will vary a lot depending on where the speaker is from, how old they are, their educational background, etc. I personally prefer came to for these examples. – hippietrail Jul 16 '14 at 22:54

I would use:

The whole bill came up to X dollars.

because on a bill you are adding up indiviual charges that add up to the total amount.

You could also say:

The whole bill amounts/amounted to X dollars.

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Usually you would just say "came to X dollars":

come to ( preposition ) to amount to (a sum of money): your bill comes to four pounds (dictionary.reference.com)

Come/came up to is not exactly wrong, but it isn't a commonly use phrase for talking about money in the way that come/came to is.

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Both sentences are acceptable, though they have slightly different meanings.

Came up to emphasizes the rising total, which eventually stopped rising when it reached X dollars.

Came out to be expresses initial uncertainty about the bill, followed by the revelation that X dollars was the result.

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  • I think came out at is more idiomatic than came out to be. Not absolutely sure, though. – Damkerng T. Jul 16 '14 at 19:48
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    @DamkerngT. I've never heard "came out at" in regular North American English usage. – 200_success Jul 16 '14 at 21:39

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