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    Can we say the price is expensive?

    Chinese English teachers told us to use high price rather than expensive price. But I have heard people say both low and cheap prices and I wonder the notion that expensive price is not correct English has its merits. Thank you.

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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    I tend to agree.

    How does it cost?
    It's expensive.
    Yeah, but what does it cost?
    The price is high - $2500.
    Yeah, that's a high price.


    You may indeed hear "an expensive price" but I wouldn't recommend it.
    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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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I tend to agree.

    How does it cost?
    It's expensive.
    Yeah, but what does it cost?
    The price is high - $2500.
    Yeah, that's a high price.


    You may indeed hear "an expensive price" but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Would you accept the term 'cheap price' ?

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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    Chinese English teachers told us to use high price rather than expensive price. But I have heard people say both low and cheap prices and I wonder the notion that expensive price is not correct English has its merits. Thank you.
    I think that price may be low, high. good, right, attractive... but commodity
    may be expensive or cheap. What is it in your native language?
    S.M.


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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaw.masny View Post
    I think that price may be low, high. good, right, attractive... but commodity
    may be expensive or cheap. What is it in your native language?
    S.M.
    In China, people happen to use the Chinese equivalent of 'expensive price' much more often than that of 'high price' and that is why the teachers warn students not to simply think the same way in English.

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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    In China, people happen to use the Chinese equivalent of 'expensive price' much more often than that of 'high price' and that is why the teachers warn students not to simply think the same way in English.
    It is as I supposed. The teachers are right. (我完全同意你的卡反?)

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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    I wouldn't use "price" with either "cheap" or "expensive".

    It's on sale at a high price = It's expensive.
    It's on sale at a low price = It's cheap.

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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    This has been discussed before, and I think it was the general consensus that "expensive price" was no better than:
    "His height is tall", "His weight is quite obese," etc.

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    Re: Can we say the price is expensive?

    Agreed. But I think all these are bad style and poor rhetoric, but acceptable grammatically and logically. Once, a Teaching Assistant in my Undergrad years called my prose "functional yet aesthetic." I thought that was a similarly awkward bit of writing.

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