# Thread: By volume apples sells at twice the price of banana

1. ## By volume apples sells at twice the price of banana

Hi,

Question:
1) what is the meaning of "by volume"?
2) Any difference (in term of meaning) between sentence 1 and sentence 2?

Sentence1:
By volume apples sells at twice the price of banana. What is the apple: banana in term of volume sold?
Sentence2:
Apples sells at twice the price of banana. What is the apple: banana in term of volume sold?

Thanks

2. ## Re: By volume apples sells at twice the price of banana

Originally Posted by uktous
Hi,

Question:
1) what is the meaning of "by volume"?
2) Any difference (in term of meaning) between sentence 1 and sentence 2?

Sentence1:
By volume apples sell s at twice the price of bananas. What is the apple: banana in terms of volume sold?
Sentence2:
Apples sells at twice the price of bananas. What is the apple: banana in term of volume sold?

Thanks
If "apple: banana" means the ratio of apples to bananas, you need the word 'ratio'. In general usage, you don't use the mathematical notation.
What is the apple to banana ratio?
What is the apple/banana ratio?
What is the ratio of apples to bananas sold?

A "by volume" comparison means a certain volume of apples compared to the same volume of bananas, eg., "A cubic meter of apples sells for twice the price of a cubic metre of bananas."
(I'm not sure that apples or bananas are sold by volume. It would be more common to use a weight, eg. \$x a tonne / a kilogram, or by number)

As far as whether the sentences mean the same, it's complicated.
The relative price of apples and bananas (by any measure) has no bearing on the relative volumes sold (unless you're an economist).

3. ## Re: By volume apples sells at twice the price of banana

(And bananas are a special case anyway, because - of all possible sorts of fruit - bananas have been chosen - by all the major supermarkets - as a 'loss-leader'; many shops sell them at a loss, just to get people into their shop rather than the competition's.)

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