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    It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Is the question and it's answer are right ?

    Q/ How much is this car?

    A/ It is $30,000 .


    or


    Q/ How much is this car?

    A/ It costs $30,000 .



    or both are right in such case.
    Is there any difference in the meaninig between the two answers?

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    Is the question and it's answer are right ?

    Q/ How much is this car?

    A/ It is $30,000 .


    or


    Q/ How much is this car?

    A/ It costs $30,000 .



    or both are right in such case.
    Is there any difference in the meaninig between the two answers?
    The first one is natural English. No native English speaker would use the second.

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first one is natural English. No native English speaker would use the second.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    I have to disagree.
    I'd like to get the Lexus, but it costs $60,000. I guess I'll get the Ford Festiva instead. It costs a lot less.

    Why would no native speaker say "It costs $30,000"?
    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: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    I think the problem is with the answer not matching the question in the second example. There is clearly nothing actually wrong with "It costs $30,000".

    - How much is this car?
    - It's 30,000.

    - How much does this car cost?
    - It costs 30,000.

    - How much was your car [when you bought it]?
    - It was 6,000.

    - How much did your car cost [when you bought it]?
    - It cost 6,000.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Q/ How much is this car?

    A/ For you, $29,995.



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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    To me, the most natural answer to all those questions is

    '$30,000'.

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I think the problem is with the answer not matching the question in the second example. There is clearly nothing actually wrong with "It costs $30,000".

    - How much is this car?
    - It's 30,000.

    - How much does this car cost?
    - It costs 30,000.

    - How much was your car [when you bought it]?
    - It was 6,000.

    - How much did your car cost [when you bought it]?
    - It cost 6,000.

    My regards and thanks to all but I tend to or feel comfort with this answer.

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    My regards and thanks to all but I tend to or feel comfort with this answer.
    Don't just consider one answer though. Apart from the fact that none of us could work out why bhaisahab said that "It costs $30,000" would never be used by a native English speaker, we have all given you roughly the same answer. In fact, Rover's last point was entirely appropriate. Except in an exam situation, you wouldn't need to bother with the rest of the sentence.

    - How much is this car?
    - 30,000.

    - How much does this car cost?
    - 30,000.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

    Q/ How much is this car?

    A/ It costs $30,000 .


    It seems I should clarify my answer. I meant; in response to the question "How much is this car?", this native speaker would certainly not say "It costs 30,000". I would be surprised if any native speaker would say that in response to the question "How much is this car?"
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 25-Mar-2013 at 15:39.

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