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verb (adverb)

to find the sum (of)
(intr) to result in a correct total
(intr) informal to make sense
(intr foll by to) to amount to



Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
Question 1 of 7
Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
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Idioms and Phrases with add up

add up


Amount to an expected or correct total, as in These figures don't add up, meaning they are not correct. [Mid-1800s]


Be consistent, make sense, as in I'm not sure that all this testimony will add up. [First half of 1900s]


Assess, form an opinion of, as in He looked across the track and added up the competition. Also see add up to.

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