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    On sale

    Hello,

    If you see a notice on a window shop saying: ON SALE

    What do you understand? I assume that all the items are being sold at reduced price.

    Is it right?

    Thank you

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    Re: On sale

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    If you see a notice on a window shop saying: ON SALE

    What do you understand? I assume that all the items are being sold at reduced price.

    Is it right?

    Thank you
    In the UK, the notice in the shop window would read "SALE", there would be no "ON".

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    Re: On sale

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In the UK, the notice in the shop window would read "SALE", there would be no "ON".


    Yes, in a shop window. Thank you very much.

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    Re: On sale

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    If you see a notice on a window shop saying: ON SALE

    What do you understand? I assume that all the items are being sold at reduced price.

    Is it right?

    Thank you

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Here in the United States, "on sale" can mean two things:

    (a) At a reduced price, as you said.

    (b) Now available for purchase.

    (2) I guess that if an "On Sale" sign is next to a hat in a store

    window, then its meaning would be (a).

    (3) But at a book store, the "On Sale" sign might mean something

    like:

    Great news!!! The autobiography of Ms. X is now available. The world

    has been waiting for this day. Come in now and get your copy (for the

    regular price of $75.95).

    P.S. If you are selling your house, you have to say (in this country):

    For sale.

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    Re: On sale

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Hello,

    If you see a notice on a window shop saying: ON SALE

    What do you understand? I assume that all the items are being sold at reduced price.

    Is it right?

    Thank you

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's OPINION *****


    (1) While I was reading my morning paper, I saw an article that

    reminded me of your post.

    (2) As you know, the famous neighborhood of Hollywood in Los

    Angeles has a theater called Grauman's Chinese Theatre (because

    of its Chinese architecture.) Tourists from the United States and

    from other countries flock there to see the movie stars' handprints

    in the cement.

    (3) Here's the headline:

    HISTORIC CHINESE THEATER IN SALE

    (a) It did not say "on" or "for."

    (b) It said "in" because it meant that the theater is now in the process of

    being sold: "The sale, which is scheduled to close May 20, includes ...."

    I guess those words in plain English mean something like: All the legal

    proceedings will be finished by May 20.

    (4) Prepositions are, indeed, a difficult matter for learners and

    native speakers.

    Respectfully yours,

    James

    P.S. I guess the official name uses the spelling of "theatre." As you

    know, most Americans usually spell it "theater" -- except when they

    want to make a "theater" seem more elegant and sophisticated!!!

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    Re: On sale

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** A NON-TEACHER's OPINION *****


    (1) While I was reading my morning paper, I saw an article that

    reminded me of your post.

    (2) As you know, the famous neighborhood of Hollywood in Los

    Angeles has a theater called Grauman's Chinese Theatre (because

    of its Chinese architecture.) Tourists from the United States and

    from other countries flock there to see the movie stars' handprints

    in the cement.

    (3) Here's the headline:

    HISTORIC CHINESE THEATER IN SALE

    (a) It did not say "on" or "for."

    (b) It said "in" because it meant that the theater is now in the process of

    being sold: "The sale, which is scheduled to close May 20, includes ...."

    I guess those words in plain English mean something like: All the legal

    proceedings will be finished by May 20.

    (4) Prepositions are, indeed, a difficult matter for learners and

    native speakers.

    Respectfully yours,

    James

    P.S. I guess the official name uses the spelling of "theatre." As you

    know, most Americans usually spell it "theater" -- except when they

    want to make a "theater" seem more elegant and sophisticated!!!

    Thank you very much for your accomplished answers. Very kind

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