[Grammar] Order in "confuse this with that"

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Hi,

Sometimes, one may want to say that we sometimes give importance to price, when we should give it to value.

Is "We confuse value for price" the same as "We confuse price for value"? Does the order matter?

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In your title, you correctly used "to confuse something with something else", but in your examples you changed "with" to "for". Your example sentences are, consequently, incorrect.
 
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Sorry for my absent-mindedness; I confused "confuse" with "mistake." [Is "I confused 'mistake' with 'confuse' different?] :)

Is "We confuse value with price" the same as "We confuse price with value"? Does the order matter?

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Ehm... Pump

What on earth does that mean? If you meant that you wanted to push your thread back up to the top, then the word you were looking for was "Bump". However, please don't do that. We will get to your questions in our own time.
 
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:oops:

Can't a guy make an inattentive spelling mistake without much embarrassment?

I didn't mean to cut in line; I just saw many newer questions getting answered and mine fading into oblivion.

Take your time and take it easy. :)
 

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To me they mean different things.

'We confuse price with value' means we think that expensive products are of high value.
'We confuse value with price' means we think that products of high value are expensive.
 

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To me they mean different things.

'We confuse price with value' means we think that expensive products are of high value.
'We confuse value with price' means we think that products of high value are expensive.
Yes, generally the idea that is already in mind comes first:

A: When you're at an Italian restaurant, remember to say "Gracias"
B: No, you're confusing Italian with Spanish.

A: This is a cat because it's got four legs, a tail, and it barks.
B: You're confusing cats with dogs.
 
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Thanks, folks.

Raymott, are you sure?

So concerning the example above, I should say, "We confuse price with value" to convey the meaning that, for example, we incorrectly think that expensive things are necessarily valuable. Right?
 

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Thanks, folks.

Raymott, are you sure? Well, unless you think I'm wrong and you have some counterexample.

So concerning the example above, I should say, "We confuse price with value" to convey the meaning that, for example, we incorrectly think that expensive things are necessarily valuable. Right?
That's what Chicken Sandwich already told you. I agreed, and gave some more examples. We both got likes from other regular teachers. Make of all that what you will.
 
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I can't help but feel some hostility, but thanks anyway. I was just making sure... and the likes could very well mean appreciation and not necessarily endorsement by the way.
 

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I can't help but feel some hostility, but thanks anyway. I was just making sure... and the likes could very well mean appreciation and not necessarily endorsement by the way.

We are hardly likely to "like" something we don't agree with.
 

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Hello @comesbackatlast,

We are changing the status of this thread to closed due to inactivity. If you wish to ask any further questions, please start a new discussion thread.
 
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