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    yiuho is offline Junior Member
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    Default Price is cheap or Price is low

    Hi All,

    I'd like to know when we say the something is very economy....we should say the price is very cheap or the price is very low. Also the fare is cheap, is it correct?

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    William

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    Default Re: Price is cheap or Price is low

    Quote Originally Posted by yiuho View Post
    Hi All,

    I'd like to know when we say the something is very economy....we should say the price is very cheap or the price is very low. Also the fare is cheap, is it correct?

    Regards,

    William
    (Not a teacher)
    Price is cheap/expensive is Chinglish, because price can not be cheap/expensive but things are.
    In terms of collocation, price is either low or high while fare is cheap.

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    Default Re: Price is cheap or Price is low

    Fare does collocate with low too, especially, I think, as an attributive adjective.

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    Default Re: Price is cheap or Price is low

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
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    Price is cheap/expensive is Chinglish, because price can not be cheap/expensive but things are.
    In terms of collocation, price is either low or high while fare is cheap.

    I have checked Oxford Collocations Dictionary, they also mentioned price can use "cheap", why? please see below:

    Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English, 2nd edition price noun adjective
    exorbitant , high , inflated , prohibitive , steep They charge exorbitant ~s for their goods.
    The ~ of fuel is prohibitive.

    rising , soaring
    falling
    cheap , low
    bargain , budget , discounted , knock-down ( BrE ) , reduced , rock-bottom designer clothes at bargain ~s

    affordable , attractive , competitive , decent , fair , reasonable , right We sell quality tools at the right ~.

    good I managed to get a good ~ for my old car.

    average
    asking , purchase What's the asking ~ for this house?
    You need to pay a deposit of 10% of the purchase ~ of the property.

    recommended ( esp. BrE ) , suggested ( esp. AmE ) The suggested retail ~ of the DVD is $19.99.

    retail , sale , sales , selling
    wholesale
    cost ( esp. BrE ) They are selling off summer shoes at cost ~.


    Oxford University Press, 2009

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    Default Re: Price is cheap or Price is low

    (Not a teacher)

    We normally say,
    "The price of the computer/car is high/low, but
    the computer/car is expensive/cheap."

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