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    Mine cheap foods.

    Hello again,

    Again,I am having several questions.

    - Is there such a word as 'mines'(beside the mining works) and 'mine's'(like some people say,'It's mine's')?

    - Why do we say as,'I bought this shirt at a low price' and not 'I bought this shirt at a cheap price'?

    -In my Geography book, I saw this question: 'Give some examples of how agrotechnology has improved the availability and shelf-life foods'
    Food itself is in plural form I thought.Am I wrong or the book?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

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    1-- No.

    2-- Cheap means low-priced. Actually, both are used in spoken English, though.

    3-- The plural of food is food or foods. The latter, though rarer, is often used by nutritionists, agriculturalists, etc. when discussing more professionally the types of food(s).
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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    Hello again,
    Again,I am having several questions.
    - Is there such a word as 'mines'(beside the mining works) and 'mine's'(like some people say,'It's mine's')?

    Not normally, no, Fazzu. It might be used by some in a jocular fashion.

    - Why do we say as,'I bought this shirt at a low price' and not 'I bought this shirt at a cheap price'?

    There's nothing inherently illogical about 'cheap price. It's just that in English, we just tend not to use 'expensive/cheap' with price. Instead we use high/low.

    -In my Geography book, I saw this question:

    'Give some examples of how agrotechnology has improved the availability and shelf-life offoods'
    Food itself is in plural form I thought.Am I wrong or the book?

    You've likely missed 'of' in the sentence and if not then I'll suggest that this isn't a native sounding sentence. 'food' can be used with an 's' in certain situations.



    Thanks in advance.
    I've answered inside the quote.

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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

    Thanks Mister Micawber.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu
    -In my Geography book, I saw this question:

    'Give some examples of how agrotechnology has improved the availability and shelf-life offoods'
    Food itself is in plural form I thought.Am I wrong or the book?
    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid
    You've likely missed 'of' in the sentence and if not then I'll suggest that this isn't a native sounding sentence. 'food' can be used with an 's' in certain situations.
    Yes riverkid, I missed the 'of' there.Thanks for higlighting it.

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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

    If you buy a $50 shirt for $7, that is a cheap price. (It is also very low)

    If you buy a $200 shirt for $120 it is a low price, but it certainly isn't cheap.

    Usually, in the US, when we say we bought something at a cheap price, we mean we got a huge discount, we bought something expensive for the price of something ordinary.

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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

    Sorry for the delay Mykwyner.
    May I also get one of my doubts cleared:
    'Prize' represents a present from someone.'Price' represents a cost of a product.Based on this,I also want to know if the same goes for words like,'realize' & 'realise' etc.I heard that 'realize' is used as a verb and 'realise' as a something,I am not really sure.Hope you could give me some explanations.Thanks.

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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

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    Realize and realize are spelling differences only, of a single verb. The former is primarily AmE, the latter BrE. Practice and practise have a similar relationship, though both are nouns as well as verbs.

    Price and prize are unrelated; they have a common root in Middle English, however.
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    Re: Mine cheap foods.

    Thanks Mr.Micawber.I am totally clear.
    Last edited by Fazzu; 23-Aug-2006 at 13:06. Reason: typo

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