Student or Learner
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
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.
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".
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.