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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    An/The iPhone 12 costs too much.

    (My original conversation)

    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?
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

  2. jutfrank's Avatar
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    #2

    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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    #3

    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.
    Not a professional teacher

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    #4

    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.

  5. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #5

    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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