Given this equation:

Selling Price = Direct Cost / 1 - Desired Profit

I can say that Direct Cost / 1 - Desired Profit resulted in 5.26 dollars.

However, is it grammatically correct to say that the Selling Price resulted in 5.26 dollars?

If not, what's a more adecuate word? Yielded? Turned out to be?

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    You probably want to add some parentheses in there. According to the order of operations, "Direct Cost / 1 - Desired Profit" is exactly equal to "Direct Cost - Desired Profit". You probably meant "Direct Cost / (1 - Desired Profit)". Jan 17 '17 at 14:57

However, is it grammatically correct to say that the Selling Price resulted in 5.26 dollars?

It may be correct grammatically, but it is incorrect semantically. The verb result is used to link cause and effect, a process and the outcome of the process:

verb [ intrans. ]
occur or follow as the consequence of something : government unpopularity resulting from the state of the economy | [as adj. ] ( resulting) talk of a general election and the resulting political uncertainty.
• ( result in) have (a specified end or outcome) : talks in July had resulted in stalemate.

New Oxford American Dictionary

In your case, Selling Price itself is the result of the calculation. A result cannot result in itself.


Technically I think you COULD say that but it does sound confusing.

I would say that the Selling Price "came out to be" maybe but that's not very formal. "Came to" might work, or just "equaled".

Actually I think "yielded" might be a good option. But you might want to consult a math or finance person depending on the purpose of your query.

  • the piece is actually a short story, so it doesn't has to be formal I guess.
    – janoChen
    Jan 17 '17 at 14:56


noun 1. a consequence, effect, or outcome of something.

By definition, there is nothing wrong with saying resulted in this sentence. I would suggest something like

  • The selling price is/was X

  • The selling price is/was equivalent to X

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