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#1 finance_it

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:41 PM

My middle child was bragging to her little sister about all the quarters she had found in her easter eggs last weekend, so i being a "good dad" challenged her with this...

I will give you one dime for every quarter that you can stand on end on the kitchen table. She gladly spent the next 15 minutes struggling to stand each of her quarters on end. She finally gave up after only getting 7 of the 10 quarters up on end.

My question to you and of course my daughter was why she was so dang upset with me after I did exactly what I had said.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:57 PM

She might have thought you were going to give her more $ or was upset because she thought she could do it but couldn't.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:06 PM

My middle child was bragging to her little sister about all the quarters she had found in her easter eggs last weekend, so i being a "good dad" challenged her with this...

I will give you one dime for every quarter that you can stand on end on the kitchen table. She gladly spent the next 15 minutes struggling to stand each of her quarters on end. She finally gave up after only getting 7 of the 10 quarters up on end.

My question to you and of course my daughter was why she was so dang upset with me after I did exactly what I had said.



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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:09 PM

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#5 bonanova

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:21 PM

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:23 PM

but he didnt take the quarters away he gave her a dime for every quarter she got to stand
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:27 PM

he gave her a dime for every quarter she got to stand


Exactly. Every one that she stood on end, he took and gave her a dime for it.

Edited by GIJeff, 28 March 2008 - 10:28 PM.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:36 PM

it dous NOT say that he took the quarter in exchange for the dimes it SAID he would GIVE a dime ...
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:21 PM

it dous NOT say that he took the quarter in exchange for the dimes it SAID he would GIVE a dime ...


So if I said "I'll give you a cookie for every quarter you put in the jar." you're saying that means that you get to keep the quarters AND keep all the cookies I give you?

When you give something for something else, you're making an exchange, and so he would get to keep the quarters.
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#10 finance_it

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:24 PM

Spoiler for mean aren't I


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