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  1. Newbie
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    Can you please correct me which is the correct sentence?

    1) Prices are subjected to change without notice; or
    2) Prices are subject to change without notice.


    I have noticed that a lot of notices in public used both.

    Thank you.


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    Re: subject to

    Can you please correct me which is the correct sentence?

    1) Prices are subjected to change without notice; or
    2) Prices are subject to change without notice.
    No. 2 would be the normal sentence, unless there is some unusual context that is not apparent. Both are actually grammatically correct, but have a slightly different meaning.

    If you say prices are subjected to change without notice, you're saying that the prices are in fact routinely changed without notice. The emphasis is on the fact that it is actually done.

    If you say that prices are subject to change without notice, you're saying that the potential exists for that to occur. The company has the right to change prices without notice. The emphasis is on the fact that changes can be made without notice, not on the fact that they actually are made. In fact, grammatically speaking, it is within the realm of logical possibility that they have never been changed. The point is they can be; and if they ever are changed, we don't have to tell you first.

    The difference is subtle, yet distinct.

    I have noticed that a lot of notices in public used both.
    OK, I'll bite. In what country?

    Greg

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    Re: subject to

    Thank you for your clarification.

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