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    Lightbulb buy things as cheaply/cheap as possible

    As far as I know, "cheap" can be used as an adverb, eg "buy / sell / get sth cheap " (quoted from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
    So I don't know which one to choose in the following sentence:
    He buys fruit and vegetables as _____ as he can. then he sells them to his customers at a little higher prices.
    A cheap B cheaply
    Please shed some light on me

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    Re: buy things as cheaply/cheap as possible

    Both cheap and cheaply are correct.

    "At slightly higher prices" is more natural than "at a little higher prices." "A little higher price" works well in the singular, but not so well in the plural.

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    Re: buy things as cheaply/cheap as possible

    Some words in English have two adverbial forms. Sometimes they can be used interchangeably, but at other times they cannot.
    This also occurs with right/rightly and wrong/wrongly, as two examples. In many case, the -ly version is preferred in direct apposition to an adjective or verb, as in "the case was wrongly decided".

    In your case, I would use "cheaply", but "cheap" would not be wrong.

    The word "then" needs to be capitalized and the end would be better as "a slightly higher price".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-May-2014 at 08:49.

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    Re: buy things as cheaply/cheap as possible

    In your case, I would use "cheaply", but "cheap" would not be wrong.

    Well, could you please tell me why you would use cheaply? There must be some subtle applications.

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    Re: buy things as cheaply/cheap as possible

    Yes, subtle. For me "buy cheaply" refers more to the action and "buy cheap" refers more to the result.

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