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    Default Is 'each' obligatory?

    There are three robots on the shelf in a toy shop.

    Customer: How much are the robots?
    Shop assistant: They are one hundred dollars./They are one hundred dollars each.

    Are they both natural in the dialogue of the Shop assistant? Is 'each' obligatory?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Is 'each' obligatory?

    Each is not obligatory.

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    Default Re: Is 'each' obligatory?

    I guess without each
    one hundred dollars can be understood as the price for all three robots on the shelf in the toy shop.

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    Default Re: Is 'each' obligatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    I guess without each
    one hundred dollars can be understood as the price for all three robots on the shelf in the toy shop.
    It's unlikely.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Is 'each' obligatory?

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    I guess without each
    one hundred dollars can be understood as the price for all three robots on the shelf in the toy shop.
    We generally go for the most obvious and probable meaning. The most likely meaning is that they cost that each. If we need clarification, we can always ask.

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