I was 12 dollars over what I had on me.
Source: 24 Stories About the Kindness of Strangers | Reader's Digest

I understand the meaning of the sentence, but I'd like to know how the sentence can be written in another way. Thanks a lot.

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    Do you perhaps mean "It was 12 dollars over what I had on me”? – JMB Feb 25 '16 at 11:33
  • Thanks, JMB. But it is "I" in the original sentence. – thein lwin Feb 25 '16 at 11:58
  • In a more general sense "I was a day late and a dollar short." – user3169 Feb 25 '16 at 20:44

It was 12 dollars over what I had on me

It because the reference is not that you were 12 dollar over, but something (which is not named) that you wanted to buy

The phrase is better expressed as

It was 12 dollars more than I had on me
I was 12 dollars short

both mean you didn't have enough money to buy something


It doesn't make any sense as it stands. I guess that in context it must mean that I now owed twelve dollars more than the cash I had with me, but that is only a guess. If you gave us some context, we might be able to say more.

  • Thanks a lot, Colin Fine. The sentence is from the kindness of strangers in February 2016,Reader's Digest. "When the supermarket cashier had added up my groceries, I was $ 12 over what I had on me." – thein lwin Feb 25 '16 at 14:31
  • OK, so it means "the total of my purchases came to $12 more than the cash I had with me". – Colin Fine Feb 25 '16 at 15:27
  • And it is a typo - Should read It was $12 over... – Adam May 3 '16 at 23:08

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