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    on sale vs for sale

    A) This table is for sale

    B) This table is on sale

    Qn1. What are the differences between A and B?

    C) This table may be for sale

    D) This table may be on sale

    Qn2. Is D) correct?

    Qn3. Does "on sale" means it is cheaper than normal prices? Or does it only mean that the table is available for sale?

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    Re: on sale vs for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    A) This table is for sale.
    This is more likely to be used when it is being offered by a private seller rather than a shop.
    B) This table is on sale.
    This is more likely to be used if the table is in a shop. We would normally expect a little more information, such as 'from tomorrow', 'in most branches of Pummelland', etc..


    C) This table may be for sale.
    D) This table may be on sale.

    Qn2. Is D) correct? It's OK, but, once again, we would normally expect a little more information.

    Qn3. Does "on sale" means it is cheaper than normal prices? Or does it only mean that the table is available for sale?
    Normally only the latter in BrE.
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    Re: on sale vs for sale

    It's different in the US. "For" sale = available for purchase. "On" sale = discounted price.

    Usually.
    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: on sale vs for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's different in the US. "For" sale = available for purchase. "On" sale = discounted price.

    Usually.
    How about only the word sale in US? For example: The table sale.

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    Re: on sale vs for sale

    That would imply there was a sale (disounted prices) on tables. That's unusual. On the other hand, you can have a "swimwear sale" where bathing suits are reduced in price.
    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: on sale vs for sale

    Is a table sale in the US not like a yard sale? Someone clears a load of stuff out of their house and garage and then puts it on a table outside the house to sell to the public.

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    Re: on sale vs for sale

    No, that could be a yard sale, a garage sale, or even a tag sale, but if you said "table sale" I'd have no idea what you meant.
    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: on sale vs for sale

    For those of you who, like me, had never heard of a tag sale: define tag sale | definition of tag sale

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    Re: on sale vs for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, that could be a yard sale, a garage sale, or even a tag sale, but if you said "table sale" I'd have no idea what you meant.
    When I use "table" as an example, I just randomly pick an item and I was selling a table. It could also printer sale, computer sale, chair sale...

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    Re: on sale vs for sale

    One quick question,

    1) When I use "table" as an example

    2) When I used "table" as an example

    Which one is correct?

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