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    for free or lower prize

    Is the following phrase correct?The hungry would receive food for free or if not for free, they definitely pay a much lower prize.

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    Re: for free or lower prize

    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf88 View Post
    Is the following phrase sentence correct?

    The hungry would receive food for free or, if not for free, they would definitely pay a much lower price.
    See my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: for free or lower prize

    I certainly say "for free" but some people object to this, and say it's just "free."
    You can get it free.
    (I would say "You can get it for free.")
    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: for free or lower prize

    So if you"re not hungry you pay the regular price. If you are hungry you pay a lower price.


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    Re: for free or lower prize

    I believe "the hungry" is used the way we use "the poor" or "the disadvantaged."
    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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    Re: for free or lower prize

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I certainly say "for free" but some people object to this, and say it's just "free."
    You can get it free.
    (I would say "You can get it for free.")
    In that case, I would say receive free food rather than receive food free. I have no objection to for free.

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    #7

    Re: for free or lower prize

    I don't either, but I know I've seen it "corrected."

    http://www.grammar-monster.com/lessons/for_free.htm - They say it's okay now
    https://www.englishforums.com/Englis...bhbgv/post.htm - heh heh... Apparently in 2008 I liked pedantic people about as much as I like them now.
    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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