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    #1

    sell seconds

    Hello,

    Is the word "seconds" used correctly in this context:

    Svetlana: For quite a long time the supermarket allowed its customers to buy goods on hire purchase and on approval. As a result, the supermarket didnít generate enough profit.
    Sergei: Well, from my point of you, thatís very sensible of the management to launch this campaign. I only hope the supermarket isnít going to sell foreign-made seconds to attract customers.
    Svetlana: There is no way we can predict. Let me show you some real bargains.

    Our book of idioms gives the following definition of "sell seconds"-sell goods which have a small defect or shop-soiled.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: sell seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,

    Is the word "seconds" used correctly in this context:

    Svetlana: For quite a long time the supermarket allowed its customers to buy goods on hire purchase and on approval. As a result, the supermarket didn’t generate enough profit.
    Sergei: Well, from my point of you, that’s very sensible of the management to launch this campaign. I only hope the supermarket isn’t going to sell foreign-made seconds to attract customers.
    Svetlana: There is no way we can predict. Let me show you some real bargains.

    Our book of idioms gives the following definition of "sell seconds"-sell goods which have a small defect or shop-soiled.

    Thank you in advance.
    "Seconds", in this context means "second quality", in other words, not perfect.

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    #3

    Re: sell seconds

    But to me, it doesn't seem that the dialog is a real one, involving natural speech by native speakers. It sounds like two continental professors whose second language is English. Intelligent, but not quite right.

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,

    Is the word "seconds" used correctly in this context:

    Svetlana: For quite a long time the supermarket allowed its customers to buy goods on hire purchase and on approval. As a result, the supermarket didn’t generate enough profit.
    Sergei: Well, from my point of you, that’s very sensible of the management to launch this campaign. I only hope the supermarket isn’t going to sell foreign-made seconds to attract customers.
    Svetlana: There is no way we can predict. Let me show you some real bargains.

    Our book of idioms gives the following definition of "sell seconds"-sell goods which have a small defect or shop-soiled.

    Thank you in advance.

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    #4

    Re: sell seconds

    "Point of view," not "point of you."

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