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    kadioguy is offline Key Member
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    An/The iPhone 12 costs too much.

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    Tom (from America): Will you buy an iPhone 12?

    John (from Taiwan): No, an/the iPhone 12 costs too much in my country.

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    a. An iPhone 12 costs too much in my country.

    b. The iPhone 12 costs too much in my country.

    In this context I think both can be used.

    Sentence (a) means if I buy one (an iPhone 12), it will cost me a lot of money.

    Sentence (b) means if I buy this cell phone ("iPhone 12" is an uncountable noun here), it will cost me a lot of money.

    What do you think?
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    Re: An/The iPhone 12 costs too much.

    Use plural forms.

    Tom: Do you think you'll buy an iPhone 12?
    John. No, they/iPhone 12s cost too much in my country.

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    Re: An/The iPhone 12 costs too much.

    Kadioguy, if I say something costs too much it means I am not goiing to buy it.
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    Re: An/The iPhone 12 costs too much.

    No native speaker would repeat the noun in the response.

    John: Are you going to buy an iPhone 12?
    Helen: No, they're too expensive.

    Note that John's question is a closed question - it requires only a Yes/No answer. The responder doesn't have to elaborate unless they choose to.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: An/The iPhone 12 costs too much.

    For me, a) is a single phone and b) is the phone considered as a model.

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