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    Default at/for a big price

    Hi

    He wants to sell it to me at/for a big price.

    --- At or For?

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    at a big price

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    I prefer "a high price", not "big".

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    Prices are high/steep/exorbitant/astronomical/ridiculous/abominable/frightful/appalling...; rarely if ever 'big'.

    I'm relieved that GUEST2008 has seen the correect answer. If s/he hadn't 'liked' ems2dr's post, I wouldn't know; s/he might have been content with misinformation. People who aren't teachers (of English) should observe the forum rules - especially in the 'Ask a Teacher' forum.

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    HiHe wants to sell it to me at/for a big price.--- At or For?
    As we see at: How to Get Acquired for a Big Price | Inc.com and many others sites, I think both are correct. Am I right? Is there any grammar rule for this situation?


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    Last edited by Marco Moreira; 04-Jun-2012 at 18:25. Reason: grammar

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco Moreira View Post
    As we see at: How to Get Acquired for a Big Price | Inc.com and many others sites, I think both are correct. Am I right? Is there any grammar rule for this situation?


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    This seems to be business usage, it is not used in general English.

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    'Big price' is the 72nd commonest 'adj. + price' in BNC (with 9 hits - 22 times fewer than the commonest, that is to say, not common at all ). It is more commmon in COCA - at 22nd (still not very common).

    Its use in financial contexts suggests to me that it may have been introduced and spread by non-native MBA students*. I know that doesn't mean it's 'not part of the language', but it explains why emsr2d2 - in common with me and many other native speakers - finds it an uncomfortable collocation.

    * Perhaps false friends come into it. Is a prix grand rather than haut, is a precio grande rather than alto, is a preis groβ rather thanhoch... (Those three languages are by no means the only relevant ones - and I have no feel for the strength of the collocations anyway- but they're pretty significant in the development of Am Eng.)

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    Last edited by BobK; 05-Jun-2012 at 12:11. Reason: format fix

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    * Perhaps false friends come into it. Is a prix grand rather than haut, is a precio grande rather than alto, is a preis groβ rather thanhoch... (Those three languages are by no means the only relevant ones - and I have no feel for the strength of the collocations anyway- but they're pretty significant in the development of Am Eng.)

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    Hi there BobK. In Spanish (in Spain, I mean, I'm no specialist in Spanish spoken in the Americas), at least as far as I know, a price is not "grande", except maybe in children talk or, as it seems to happen in English, in conversations with/between foreigners.

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    Default Re: at/for a big price

    Definitely you will hear "comes at too big a price" or "pay too big a price" (and you will also hear "high" in both of those).
    However, for the original question, "big" doesn't work, even for this American steeped in business jargon; you need "high."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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