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    Supply high and demand low

    I found the following sentence in a CNN News digest book -

    With supply high and demand low, consumers can now buy genuine, proper champagne at discount supermarkets in Britain for only $16.00 or $17.00.

    I understand when we say high supply and low demand but why are the words reversed in the above sentence?

    Is it also ok to say the following or does it change the meaning or emphasis?

    With high supply and low demand, consumers can now buy genuine, proper champagne at discount supermarkets in Britain for only $16.00 or $17.00.

    Is it possible to start the sentence with "Since" or "Because" as well?

    Also, doesn’t genuine have the same meaning as proper in the above case?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Supply high and demand low

    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    I found the following sentence in a CNN News digest book -

    With supply high and demand low, consumers can now buy genuine, proper champagne at discount supermarkets in Britain for only $16.00 or $17.00. This suggests something like 'with supply at a high'

    Is it also ok to say the following or does it change the meaning or emphasis?

    With high supply and low demand, consumers can now buy genuine, proper champagne at discount supermarkets in Britain for only $16.00 or $17.00. To me this suggests a statement of general truth, which may not reflect the curent situation. The 'now' corrects this misreading, but I prefer your first example.

    Is it possible to start the sentence with "Since" or "Because" as well?

    Since/Because supply is high and demand (is) low....

    Also, doesn’t genuine have the same meaning as proper in the above case?
    Yes. But this comes from CNN. A perfectionist would delete the 'proper', but we don't expect perfect English in news programmes.
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    Re: Supply high and demand low

    fivejedjon,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I kind of understand.
    If anyone else has any comments they would be most appreciated.
    Thank you.

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