Helping developing nations can spend much money.
If I want to spend money, I basically have two options:
- Give someone some cash in return for goods or services.
- Transfer some money electronically in return for goods and services.
I can do either of these things because I can use my hands to handle cash or to operate electronic gadgets.
The problem with our opening example is that the thing doing the spending – helping developed nations – does not have hands, and therefore cannot ‘spend’ anything.
What our writer means is:
- Helping developing nations can be expensive.
- Helping developing nations can cost a lot of money.
- = Someone has to spend a lot of money.
In Bahasa Indonesia, the same verb is used for people getting rid of many and for things getting rid of money – menghabiskan uang. Sorry guys, in English only people can spend money!