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    Question Price is cheal/low.

    Hi teachers,

    I found the follwing exercise on English text book and am puzzled.

    I learned "price is cheap" is wrong because price is not thing and we have to say "price is low."

    Is this question right as an exercise of English text book?

    Your comments are highly appreciated.

    Our competitorísprices are always a little ----- ours.

    (A) cheap *(B)cheaper than (C) morecheap (D) most cheap

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    Re: Price is cheal/low.

    Quote Originally Posted by yassysan View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I found the follwing exercise on English text book and am puzzled.

    I learned "price is cheap" is wrong because price is not thing and we have to say "price is low." Do you mean to say that gas can't be cheap or that a car can't be cheap or that it is a cheap tavern?

    Is this question right as an exercise of English text book?

    Your comments are highly appreciated.

    Our competitorísprices are always a little ----- ours.

    (A) cheap *(B)cheaper than (C) morecheap (D) most cheap
    "cheaper" is fine here.

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    Re: Price is cheal/low.

    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    However I cannot understand your sentences below.

    >Do you mean to say that gas can't be cheap or that a car can't be cheap or that it is a cheap tavern.

    Gas, a car, and tavern is things without any doubt. So they can be "cheap." My question is the exercise sentence contain the word "price."
    Our competitor’s prices are always a little ----- ours. Do you use the word "cheaper" here?
    I am anxious to know whether the combination of "prices +cheap" causes a feeling of out of place for native speakers.

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    Re: Price is cheal/low.

    Hello, yassysan.
    I can understand what you are trying to say.

    For your reference:
    585 sentence examples using 'cheap price'
    2880 sentence examples using 'low price'

    I hope those links above will shed some light on your query.

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    Re: Price is cheal/low.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "cheaper" is fine here.
    Yes, cheaper is the only possible answer.
    The point the OP is trying to make is that "The price is cheap" and the "The gas is cheap" are not comparable sentences.
    Compare: "John's height is tall", "John's weight is heavy". Some English speakers would object to this because it is John that is tall and heavy, not his height and weight.
    Personally, I wouldn't object to "The price is too expensive" or "The price is cheap".

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    Re: Price is cheal/low.

    Quote Originally Posted by yassysan View Post
    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    However I cannot understand your sentences below.

    >Do you mean to say that gas can't be cheap or that a car can't be cheap or that it is a cheap tavern.

    Gas, a car, and tavern is things without any doubt. So they can be "cheap." My question is the exercise sentence contain the word "price."
    Our competitorís prices are always a little ----- ours. Do you use the word "cheaper" here?
    I am anxious to know whether the combination of "prices +cheap" causes a feeling of out of place for native speakers.
    Gas can be cheap because it is composed of inferior fluids and, therefore, does not perform as well as gas with a higher octane rating, or, it can be cheap because it has a low price. The same is true of a tavern. A tavern can be cheap because it is located in an inexpensive area, exhibits low cost decorations and caters to a less than affluent group, or, it can be cheap because the drinks cost less than other taverns. No, I don't feel that the words are "out of place" at all. When one uses these terms they have to be defined. To say that I am going to a cheap tavern doesn't really tell much. I would have what you mean by cheap, is it the cost or the overall appearance of the tavern?

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    Re: Price is cheal/low.

    Gillnetter "No, I don't feel that the words are "out of place" at all."

    I think this is the problem with objecting to "The price is cheap". Even after it's been explained many (probably most) native speakers still wouldn't 'get' the problem.

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