It is $30,000 or It costs $30,000

Status
Not open for further replies.

love-you-mom

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Arabic
Home Country
Saudi Arabia
Current Location
Saudi Arabia
Is the question and it's answer are right ?

Q/ How much is this car?

A/ It is $30,000 .


or


Q/ How much is this car?

A/ It costs $30,000 .



or both are right in such case.
Is there any difference in the meaninig between the two answers?
 

bhaisahab

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 12, 2008
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
England
Current Location
Ireland
Is the question and it's answer are right ?

Q/ How much is this car?

A/ It is $30,000 .


or


Q/ How much is this car?

A/ It costs $30,000 .



or both are right in such case.
Is there any difference in the meaninig between the two answers?

The first one is natural English. No native English speaker would use the second.
 

Barb_D

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 12, 2007
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
I have to disagree.
I'd like to get the Lexus, but it costs $60,000. I guess I'll get the Ford Festiva instead. It costs a lot less.

Why would no native speaker say "It costs $30,000"?
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
I think the problem is with the answer not matching the question in the second example. There is clearly nothing actually wrong with "It costs $30,000".

- How much is this car?
- It's £30,000.

- How much does this car cost?
- It costs £30,000.

- How much was your car [when you bought it]?
- It was £6,000.

- How much did your car cost [when you bought it]?
- It cost £6,000.
 

Raymott

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2008
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
English
Home Country
Australia
Current Location
Australia
Q/ How much is this car?

A/ For you, $29,995.


 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
To me, the most natural answer to all those questions is

'$30,000'.
 

love-you-mom

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Arabic
Home Country
Saudi Arabia
Current Location
Saudi Arabia
I think the problem is with the answer not matching the question in the second example. There is clearly nothing actually wrong with "It costs $30,000".

- How much is this car?
- It's £30,000.

- How much does this car cost?
- It costs £30,000.

- How much was your car [when you bought it]?
- It was £6,000.

- How much did your car cost [when you bought it]?
- It cost £6,000.


My regards and thanks to all but I tend to or feel comfort with this answer.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
My regards and thanks to all but I tend to or feel comfort with this answer.

Don't just consider one answer though. Apart from the fact that none of us could work out why bhaisahab said that "It costs $30,000" would never be used by a native English speaker, we have all given you roughly the same answer. In fact, Rover's last point was entirely appropriate. Except in an exam situation, you wouldn't need to bother with the rest of the sentence.

- How much is this car?
- £30,000.

- How much does this car cost?
- £30,000.
 

bhaisahab

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 12, 2008
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
England
Current Location
Ireland
Q/ How much is this car?

A/ It costs $30,000 .


It seems I should clarify my answer. I meant; in response to the question "How much is this car?", this native speaker would certainly not say "It costs £30,000". I would be surprised if any native speaker would say that in response to the question "How much is this car?"
 
Last edited:

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Q/ How much is this car?

A/ It costs $30,000 .


It seems I should clarify my answer. I meant, in response to the question "How much is this car?", this native speaker would certainly not say "It costs £30,000". I would be surprised if any native speaker would say that in response to the question "How much is this car?"

Ah, yes, that makes much more sense. That is what I suspected when I wrote my response in post #5.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top