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What's the meaning of price-wise? Can you please use it in a sentence and tell me the meaning?
Thanks a lot!
wise as a suffix means "with regard to this"
so price-wise means regarding the price.
"The hotel isn't very pretty but price-wise it was fine for us".
You can use it with other words too.
"This has not been a good year sales-wise."
"Job-wise my life is going ok, I just need to find a girlfriend now!"
It's quite an unusual structure though so don't start using it too much!
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
Just thought that you would like this example from A Treasury for Word Lovers (1983) by Morton S. Freeman, pages 321 - 322:
He says that people should not write (or even say) sentences like "Pricewise, we
have received no complaints from anyone." He recommends a sentence like "No
one has complained about our prices."
Most teachers and books criticize this use of -wise. Others accept it only in
conversation or very informal writing -- and not too often. Still, there are people
(such as I) who have no problem with it.
Here is a bad example of mine:
News-wise, the [the name of a British newspaper] is not very good, but it's great
if you are looking for a photograph every day of a beautiful young lady!
[That newspaper publishes daily the photograph of some young lady who is not
fully clothed! Some people buy the newspaper for the photograph. They do not
care that the newspaper does not carry much serious news.]
Thanks a lot to you all. Now it's much clearer!
I'll tell you the context in which I found it. It was an interview:
Robert: The war has affected a lot of things...
Robert: Price-wise, yes. The fuel prices have gone up (etc.)
You really helped me!
I'm afraid that, usage-wise, I'm a bit of a traditionalist on this, and, advice-wise, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr Freeman.