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    Silverobama is offline Senior Member
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    Default offer is subject to availability

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?


    This offer is subject to availability.


    Does it mean "This offer is hard to be available."?


    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: offer is subject to availability

    Not a teacher.

    The offer is only good (i.e., the offer can only be extended) if the product/service is available.


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    Last edited by Drear Pooson; 18-Mar-2011 at 06:18. Reason: clarification

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    Default Re: offer is subject to availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Drear Pooson View Post
    Not a teacher.

    The offer is only good (i.e., the offer can only be extended) if the product/service is available.


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    Thanks. Isn't the phrase '...is subject to...' used for unpleasant results? Shouldn't it be '...subject to...', without is, meaning depending on?

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    Default Re: offer is subject to availability

    Not getting what you want is a unpleasant event, isn't it? I don't think is subject to can only be used for unpleasant things- it just means that it is controlled/affected in some way. Are you thinking of be subjected to?

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    Default Re: offer is subject to availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not getting what you want is a unpleasant event, isn't it? I don't think is subject to can only be used for unpleasant things- it just means that it is controlled/affected in some way. Are you thinking of be subjected to?

    Many thanks. I used to think that is subject to equals is prone to.

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    Default Re: offer is subject to availability

    'This offer is subject to availability' is a more refined version of the cheap and cheerful pound shop slogan:

    'When it's gone it's gone'.

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