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    Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    Hi All,

    In English, can we "the price is very cheap"?


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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    We can, but we don't normally. We prefer to say that the product is very cheap, or the price is very low.

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    "price" is never cheap.

    products are cheap.

    you could say

    price is economical

    or

    this product is cheap


    cheap is a derogatory term, use it with caution

    the fellow is really cheap.

    implies, the fellow is a freak, uncivilized, or lacking manners.

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by discipulus View Post
    "price" is never cheap. p Products are cheap. y You could say

    the price is economical We would not normally say that

    or

    this product is cheap


    c 'Cheap' is a derogatory term, not normally in the context we are discussing use it with caution:

    the fellow is really cheap.

    implies, the fellow is a freak, uncivilized, or lacking manners. No it doesn't. See definitiions 3 and 4 here.
    Please begin sentences with a capital letter.

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We can, but we don't normally. We prefer to say that the product is very cheap, or the price is very low.
    Hi 5jj,

    I also have same thought but according to Oxford Collocations Dictionary, it says "cheap" can be an adjective for "price", could you please let me know the reason? Thanks

    price
    noun
    adjective
    exorbitant , high , inflated , prohibitive , steep
    They charge exorbitant ~s for their goods.
    The ~ of fuel is prohibitive.
    rising , soaring
    falling
    cheap , low
    bargain , budget , discounted , knock-down ( BrE ) , reduced , rock-bottom
    designer clothes at bargain ~s
    affordable , attractive , competitive , decent , fair , reasonable , right
    We sell quality tools at the right ~.
    good
    I managed to get a good ~ for my old car.
    average
    asking , purchase
    What's the asking ~ for this house?
    You need to pay a deposit of 10% of the purchase ~ of the property.
    recommended ( esp. BrE ) , suggested ( esp. AmE )
    The suggested retail ~ of the DVD is $19.99.
    retail , sale , sales , selling
    wholesale
    cost ( esp. BrE )
    They are selling off summer shoes at cost ~.
    base ( esp. AmE )
    The car has a base ~ of $28640.
    full , half
    Children travel half ~ until age ten.
    fixed
    They sell cars at fixed ~s, with no haggling.
    market
    This website tells you the market ~ of all makes of second-hand car.
    admission , ticket
    admission ~s at the museum
    consumer
    bond , commodity , gold , share ( esp. BrE ) , stock ( esp. AmE )
    food
    house , housing ( esp. AmE ) , land , property ( esp. BrE ) , real estate ( esp. AmE )
    electricity , energy , fuel , gas , gasoline ( AmE ) , oil , petrol ( BrE )

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    I also have same thought but according to Oxford Collocations Dictionary, it says "cheap" can be an adjective for "price".
    I didn't say it couldn't be. I said, "We prefer to say that the product is very cheap, or the price is very low". There are 20 citations for 'cheap price(s)' in the BNC, and 195 for 'low price(s)', which confirms what I said.

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I didn't say it couldn't be. I said, "We prefer to say that the product is very cheap, or the price is very low". There are 20 citations for 'cheap price(s)' in the BNC, and 195 for 'low price(s)', which confirms what I said.
    Thanks a lot for your explanation.

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    By the way, I'd like to know what BNC is?

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    By the way, I'd like to know what BNC is?
    If you hover your cursor over the letters, you will see.

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    Re: Can we say "the price is very cheap"?

    The links are here:

    BNC
    ANC

    Great sites.

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