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"add up" vs "add right" #1 (permalink) Sat Aug 25, 2007 18:21 pm   "add up" vs "add right"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #165 "Phrasal Verbs (A to B)", question 2

When he tried to balance his checkbook, he found that things just didn't ..........

(a) add on
(b) add right
(c) add up

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #165 "Phrasal Verbs (A to B)", answer 2

When he tried to balance his checkbook, he found that things just didn't add up.

Correct answer: (c) add up

Your answer was: incorrect
When he tried to balance his checkbook, he found that things just didn't add right.
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Hi! Could you please explain "add up" and why it couldn't be "add right".
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"add up" vs "add right" #2 (permalink) Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:47 am   "add up" vs "add right"
 

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'Add up' means 'produce an accurate total'.

'Add right' is not an idiomatic collocation in English ('add up right' would be OK).
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"add up" vs "add right" #3 (permalink) Thu Oct 13, 2011 14:27 pm   "add up" vs "add right"
 

When he tried to balance his checkbook, he found that things just didn't add up= it's difficult to balance his checkbook on one's head??

about what things we read in the sentence?

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"add up" vs "add right" #4 (permalink) Thu Oct 13, 2011 14:36 pm   "add up" vs "add right"
 

things = numbers
add up = come to a correct total
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"add up" vs "add right" #5 (permalink) Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:37 am   "add up" vs "add right"
 

what about: to balance his checkbook? what does it mean?

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"add up" vs "add right" #6 (permalink) Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:43 am   "add up" vs "add right"
 

To make sure that he was not in debt at the end of the period of time.
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