Son: Hey daddy, I need 10,000 dollar by tomorrow! Father: (He begins to think about the fact that this is a big money and I don't have such amount of money 'at least for now'! He says:)

  • But from where should I procure all that money?
  • But from where should I attain all that money?
  • But from where should I obtain all that money?
  • But from where should I gain all that money?
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    AmE or BrE does not matter...but InE (International English) has a straight and simple way: From where should I get this big amount in such a short period. I just spoke it the way I'd do. But to answer, you missed a good verb there 'get'. And yes, you probably want to say 'by' tomorrow.
    – Maulik V
    Apr 15, 2015 at 4:36
  • As usual prompt and to the point. Thank you @MaulikV. Let see if others think like you about the verb 'get' or not. ;)
    – A-friend
    Apr 15, 2015 at 4:39
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    I agree with 'get' but the sentence still sounds awkward to me. I would say "Where am I going to get all that money?"
    – DJMcMayhem
    Apr 15, 2015 at 4:49
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    I think there are probably not many fathers who would actually utter @MaulikV's sentence even though it may be grammatically correct. A father would be much more likely to say, "And where do you 'spose I might get all this money?" or even, "Yeah right, dream on buddy." "Ya got two chances of that happening... fat and slim"
    – Jim
    Apr 15, 2015 at 4:55
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    No, I meant s'pose which is an informal contraction of suppose.
    – Jim
    Apr 15, 2015 at 5:03

1 Answer 1


Both the "should" in your examples, and the verbs procure, obtain, gain sound too formal—not at all colloquial (and the verb attain is not even apt in this context.)

In AmE it would more likely be phrased:

  • Where would I get all that money?

  • How would I come up with that much money?

or something like that.

Oh, and in your scenario:

  • "10,000 dollar" s/b "10,000 dollars

  • "a big money" s/b "a lot of money

  • "I don't have such amount of money" s/b "I don't have that much money!"

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