This might be a basic question, which I don't yet understand. The aggregate expenditure (i.e., in my understanding, the total amount of inflation factored (i.e. real) money spent in the economy by its participants) can be expressed as: $$Y = C+I+G+X-M$$
where $X$ is exports and $M$ is imports. Why isn't it $Y = C+I+G+M-X$? Aren't we spending in imports while having a cash flow by exports, i.e. effectivly reducing our expenditures at the end of the day?
We can go through the logic that GDP plus the imports (total goods) go to consumption, investment, government spending and exports. Then use GDP=expenditure and arrive to the answer. I don't want to go by that route but instead to focus on real money spent. We spend on imports and receive money on exports, i.e. opposite of the formula above.