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    #1

    by THE? pound/ kilogram/ piece

    Do we always use THE in the expressions: by the pound/ by the piece/ by the kilogram/ etc? please, help

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    Re: by THE? pound/ kilogram/ piece

    We do in the example you gave, and I can't come up with any of that construction that don't. However, I hate to say "always" or "never" because "every" time I do, someone comes up with the exception.
    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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    #3

    Re: by THE? pound/ kilogram/ piece

    The nearest I can come up with to an exception is by weight.

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    #4

    Re: by THE? pound/ kilogram/ piece

    by the pound/kg - by the (unit of measurement called) pound/kg

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