Student or Learner
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?
***** 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
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):
***** 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
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!!!