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    #1

    Why are these sentences not correct?

    I was reading a newspaper article the other day and I came across these 4 sentences - claimed to be 'Chinglish-style'.

    1) Our shops should be on sale.
    Should it be - the items not the shops?

    2) our price is cheap.
    I learnt that price collocates with low/high but I remember a native speaker of English said price can also collocate with expensive / cheap?

    3) The problem was improved.
    I think this is okay.

    4) Because of this reason, I would like to propose a chance in our pricing scheme.
    Acgain, I think this is okay at time. For conciseness, perhaps 'for this reason'.

    What do you all think?

    THANKS

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    #2

    Re: Why are these sentences not correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    1) Our shops should be on sale.
    Should it be - the items not the shops? Yes

    2) our price is cheap.
    I learnt that price collocates with low/high Yes
    but I remember a native speaker of English said price can also collocate with expensive / cheap? No

    3) The problem was improved.
    I think this is okay. No. The problem was solved.

    4) Because of this reason, I would like to propose a chancge in our pricing scheme.
    Acgain, I think this is okay at time. For conciseness, perhaps 'for this reason'. You'll hear 'because of this reason', but it's poor style. Say: 'Because of this' or 'For this reason'.
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