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    The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.

    Could you tell me which of the following sentences is correct?

    1. The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.
    2. The pink dress is cheaper than the red one by 100 dollars.
    3. The pink dress costs 100 dollars less than the red one.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chung View Post
    Could you tell me which of the following sentences is correct?

    1. The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.
    2. The pink dress is cheaper than the red one by 100 dollars.
    3. The pink dress costs 100 dollars less than the red one.

    Thanks a lot.
    All three are possible, #2 is less natural than the other two IMO.

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    Re: The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    All three are possible, #2 is less natural than the other two IMO.
    I am wondering if we could say "The red dress is 100 dollars more expensive than the pink one."
    The sentence sounds a little awkward while the sentence "The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one"
    is more natural.

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chung View Post
    I am wondering if we could say "The red dress is 100 dollars more expensive than the pink one."
    The sentence sounds a little awkward while the sentence "The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one"
    is more natural.
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Not to me, they sound about the same. The first one could also be:

    The red dress is 100 dollars more expensive than the pink one.

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    Re: The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chung View Post
    I am wondering if we could say "The red dress is 100 dollars more expensive than the pink one."
    The sentence sounds a little awkward while the sentence "The pink dress is 100 dollars cheaper than the red one"
    is more natural.

    Thanks a lot
    I disagree about it sounding awkward. It's a question of context:

    I've run short of money, and payday isn't till next week. I think I'll buy the pink dress - it's $100 cheaper than the red one.

    But I'm shopping with a friend. We've seen a pink dress we quite like. Your friend says 'How about this - I prefer the colour'. And you say 'But that red dress is $100 more expensive than the pink one.'

    You choose the comparative adjective that suits the context - of cheapness or expensiveness.

    b

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