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    Unhappy Speaking on the phone question

    If I want to call a salon to find out their price for a haircut, how would I say it:

    "I was just calling to see how much would/does a haircut cost?"

    I'm confused, please help.

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    Re: Speaking on the phone question

    would cost, does cost. "ask" is better than "see", but "see" is also used.

    I usually say "would".

    The strict indirect-speech style calls for:

    I was calling to ask how much a haircut costs.

    If you have to write that sentence in anything except fiction, I think it would be better to write it that way.

    But since this is oral, and the salon is expecting a question, the order you've got is better:

    I was just calling to ask, "how much would a haircut cost?"
    I was just calling to ask, "how much does a haircut cost?"

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    Re: Speaking on the phone question

    Dear Mausheri:

    Quote Originally Posted by mausheri View Post
    If I want to call a salon to find out their price for a haircut, how would I say it:

    "I was just calling to see how much would/does a haircut costs?"

    I'm confused, please help.
    Yes, you could say that, or, 'Hello, could you tell me how much you charge for a haircut?'

    Best wishes,

    Petra


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    Re: Speaking on the phone question

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    I was calling to ask how much a haircut costs.
    I was just calling to ask, "how much would a haircut cost?"
    I was just calling to ask, "how much does a haircut cost?"
    Hi,
    I got a question. Why should it be "I was"? How about present form? Would that be correct either?
    I am calling to ask how much a haircut costs. - is that ok?

    Thank you in advance.
    cheers

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