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    Combining plural concepts (1 of potentially many) 2

    Suppose I have multiple packages, each package with an individual price. Do I say

    1. “The price of the packages are affordable ....”
    or
    2. “The prices of the packages are affordable ....”

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    Re: Combining plural concepts (1 of potentially many) 2

    Quote Originally Posted by WASTHEBEST
    Suppose I have multiple packages, each package with an individual price. Do I say

    1. “The price of the packages are affordable ....”
    or
    2. “The prices of the packages are affordable ....”
    Hi, and welcome to the forum!

    I would opt for "The prices of the packages are affordable ...." because prices (plural) agrees with are (plural).
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Re: Combining plural concepts (1 of potentially many) 2

    Quote Originally Posted by WASTHEBEST
    Suppose I have multiple packages, each package with an individual price. Do I say

    1. “The price of the packages are affordable ....”
    or
    2. “The prices of the packages are affordable ....”
    It is actually the package that is affordable. I would say, "At those prices, the packages are affordable. If the packages were priced the same, one might say, "At that price, the packages are affordable."

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    Ahhh
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Prices can't be affordable, can they Mike? Because we don't buy prices, do we?

    :wink:

    Aside from that detail, Red, your answer was a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Ahhh
    People do say that they can afford prices.


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    Re: Combining plural concepts (1 of potentially many) 2

    sorry Mike,

    In case the prices were the same for every package, could we say: "The price of the packages is affordable"?

    thanks
    lupita

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by WASTHEBEST
    Suppose I have multiple packages, each package with an individual price. Do I say

    1. “The price of the packages are affordable ....”
    or
    2. “The prices of the packages are affordable ....”
    It is actually the package that is affordable. I would say, "At those prices, the packages are affordable. If the packages were priced the same, one might say, "At that price, the packages are affordable."

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    Hi everyone, I have some ideals on this matter
    1. “The price of the packages are affordable ....”
    or
    2. “The prices of the packages are affordable ....”[/quote]

    I think the first one is not right. Because, Verb " Be" depends on the word "price", so in this first one, price is singular leading to verb "Be" is singular.

    So I think, if the price for all the packages is the same, I should say
    the price of the packages is affordable...
    If the prices for all packages are different, I should say
    the prices ........... are affordable.

    Do you agree with me?

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    Re: Combining plural concepts (1 of potentially many) 2

    Quote Originally Posted by LUPITA
    sorry Mike,

    In case the prices were the same for every package, could we say: "The price of the packages is affordable"?

    thanks
    lupita
    Again, it is a detail, but people are not buying proces, they are buying goods. I would say, "The package is affordable." :wink:

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