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    Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    Hi, I'm confused to read the following sentences; Where can I get this the cheapest?

    I presume that the sentence is the same pattern as the sentence of "Let me explain it really quick."
    I mean, you can say "Where can I get this the cheapest?" regarding colloquial English.
    That's because the word "cheap" can be used as adverb as well as adjective.

    But somebody explained to me that the cheapest is the abbreviation of the phrase "at the cheapest price".
    But I feel that the explanation isn't quite convincing.

    Do you happen to say the cheapest instead of at the cheapest price?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    Where can I get this cheapest?
    It is understood that 'cheapest' means 'at the cheapest price'.

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    #3

    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    I'd say 'Where can I get this cheapest?' or 'Where can I get this the cheapest?'

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    #4

    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    Thank you all. But let me change my question.
    What is the most common way to ask "Where can I get this (the) most cheaply?"

    I understand that "Where can I get this (the) cheapest?" means "Where can I get this at the cheapest price?" in a broad meaning.

    I guess it would be hard for many of non-native English speakers to make natural colloquial English such as "Where can I get this (the) cheapest?"
    I hope you understand what I mean.
    Even English teachers would not teach this sentence with the cheapest first.
    I appreciate your continuous posting.

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    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    I'd say that the most common way would be Rover's second option in post #3.

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    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    As my above post was incorrect, should I take 'the cheapest' to be short for 'at the cheapest price' as the OP said?

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    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    Yes, "the cheapest" means "at the cheapest price".

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    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    If you want to use price, why don't you ask where you can get it for/at the lowest price?

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    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    Thank you all.
    It was hard for me to understand the sentence pattern because I've gotten used to say "most cheaply" instead of "the cheapest".
    But I understand thanks to all of you.

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    #10

    Re: Is the phrase "at the cheapest price" able to abbreviate to "the cheapest"?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Popri:

    You have already received the answer.

    I am replying only to respectfully suggest that in real life, you might consider NOT using the adjective "cheap."

    The sales associate (clerk) might be more courteous if you said something like:

    "I'm looking for a jacket to wear to an important social event. Could you show me your least expensive jackets, please?"

    That has a nicer ring (sound) than "Can you show me your cheapest jackets?"



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    Last edited by TheParser; 01-Jan-2015 at 16:26. Reason: spelling

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