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    #1

    the usage of cost

    Teacher: We will go to a park next week.
    Student:
    1) Does it cost anything?
    2) Does it have any cost?
    Are both 1) and 2) correct? If so, which one is more common? Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: the usage of cost

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    Teacher: We will go to a park next week.
    Student:
    1) Does it cost anything?
    2) Does it have any cost?
    Are both 1) and 2) correct? If so, which one is more common? Thank you in advance!
    Even better than Does it cost anything? would be Will it cost anything?

    As far as I know, Does it have any cost? is simply not used.

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    #3

    Re: the usage of cost

    Can someone explain to me why someone saying "Thank you in advance" is not simply a polite acknowledgement of effort that will be expended on your behalf and your appreciation of that effort? It's a mystery to me why some people insist on crossing it out as though it were some hideous error.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: the usage of cost

    I feel the same way, Barb.

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    Re: the usage of cost

    It's just so annoying and unnecessary, like when they begin with 'Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have a question'.

    Why don't they wait until a useful answer has been received and then click 'Thanks'?

    In restaurants, we don't say to the server 'Please can I have a glass of water? Thank you in advance.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Jul-2015 at 09:45.

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    #6

    Re: the usage of cost

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In restaurants, we don't say to the server 'Please can I have a glass of water? Thank you in advance.'
    I think a customer spending money need not be so polite as a learner seeking help, but I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: the usage of cost

    In fact, I say "thanks" to my server after he or she has taken my order.
    I truly object to people lining it out of a post as though it were an error. Since when is being too polite something to be stomped out on the internet, land of incredible rudeness in so many ways?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: the usage of cost

    Well, the extra "thank you" posts after a response are not needed, but otherwise, I agree.

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    #9

    Re: the usage of cost

    We probably all see this slightly differently.

    I always say "thank you", where people are not obliged to answer or do something for me. However, if you go into a cafe or restaurant you are paying for service you expect to receive, therefore a thank you may not always be necessary, although I would still always say it.

    If someone is asking me for unpaid help, I am not obliged to help them at all, so to me, a little thanks in advance might go some way in getting me to help them.

    Views on politeness like this probably vary to the same extent as to whether, or not, to tip for service.

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