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    #1

    buy and sell

    Hello.
    Please read these sentences below.

    1. We buy and sell used things/goods/items at flea markets.
    2. We sell and buy used things/goods/items at flea markets.

    Which sounds more natural, #1 or #2?

    Thank you very much.

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    #2

    Re: buy and sell

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    Please read these sentences below.

    1. We buy and sell used things/goods/items at flea markets.
    2. We sell and buy used things/goods/items at flea markets.

    Which sounds more natural, #1 or #2?

    Thank you very much.
    The more common collocation is "buy and sell".

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    #3

    Re: buy and sell

    You would have to buy something to be able to sell it, so "buy and sell" is more logical.
    (Unless you made it yourself, found it somewhere or got it for free)
    Peter
    (I'm not a teacher or a native English speaker. I'm just trying to help...)

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    #4

    Re: buy and sell

    We say fish and chips rather than chips and fish, but chips are not dependent on fish. I think it's probably a matter of habit than logic.

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    #5

    Re: buy and sell

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We say fish and chips rather than chips and fish, but chips are not dependent on fish. I think it's probably a matter of habit than logic.
    I agree. Some collocations are there just because they are. But ignoring them will likely produce stares.

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