# Combining plural concepts (1 of potentially many) 2

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#### Anonymous

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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 ....”

#### Red5

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WASTHEBEST said:
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: Hi, and welcome to the forum!

I would opt for "The prices of the packages are affordable ...." because prices (plural) agrees with are (plural). ;-)

#### MikeNewYork

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WASTHEBEST said:
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 :-(

#### RonBee

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

:wink:

#### MikeNewYork

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Red5 said:

:lol: People do say that they can afford prices.

#### LUPITA

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sorry Mike,

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

thanks
lupita

MikeNewYork said:
WASTHEBEST said:
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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#### toannt82

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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?

#### MikeNewYork

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LUPITA said:
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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