How to talk about prices
THE BLUE TREE
- Have your ever bought anything that cost an arm and a leg?
- Do you like hunting for bargains?
- Do you usually go Dutch or foot the bill when you eat our with friends?
Study the language for talking about cheap prices.
WHEN SOMETHING IS VERY CHEAP
- dirt cheap
This shirt was dirt cheap. It only cost me $10.
- be a snip
The new computer package is a snip at only £599 plus tax.
- at rockbottom prices
In our summer sale, we have clothes from top designers at rockbottom prices.
WHEN YOU GET SOMETHING FOR A GOOD PRICE
- value for money
There’s a special ticket that means you can see six concerts, which is definitely good value for money.
- be a good buy
The Brazilian white wine is a good buy at only $2.99 a bottle.
I got this shirt when I was in Turkey. It was a real bargain.
when something doesn't cost much money
The furniture is inexpensive but well-made.
This is a well-designed car that is also very economical to run.
We have a vast range of cars to choose from at affordable prices.
NOT TOO EXPENSIVE WHEN COMPARED WITH OTHER PRICES
Only £15 a night? That sounds reasonable.
I am confident you’ll find our prices are extremely competitive.
- competitively priced
Call this number for our free catalogue of competitively priced cosmetics.
Study the language for talking about expensive prices.
WHEN SOMETHING IS EXPENSIVE
The finance committee rejected their plan because they said it was too costly.
- it’s going to cost you
There are some places that can mend the suit in a couple of hours, but it’s going to cost you.
- not come cheap
Gibson guitars sound great, but they don’t come cheap.
WHEN SOMETHING IS VERY EXPENSIVE
- cost a fortune
What a beautiful car – it must have cost a fortune.
- cost the earth
Good shoes needn’t cost the earth.
- cost an arm and a leg
Getting good health insurance these days costs an arm and a leg.
WHEN SOMETHING IS EXPENSIVE AND FASHIONABLE
Atlantis is one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships.
We stayed in a fancy Victorian hotel in San Francisco.
New upmarket shops and restaurants are driving some of the older businesses out of the neighborhood.
WHEN SOMETHING IS TOO EXPENSIVE
- can’t afford
I really need a new coat, but I can’t afford it before I get paid.
- be rip off
Eighty dollars for a pair of jeans? What a rip-off!
It’s hard to find an apartment around here, and when you do the rents are pretty steep.
Play this Multidecker game. Decide if the word or phrase means cheap or expensive.
Play this Quizlet game. Make everything disappear! Drag corresponding items onto each other to them disappear. Do it quickly!
Do you remember the exact words used in the examples above? Complete these sentences below with the same words which were used in the examples.
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How to talk about prices
|to be a snip||cheap||a thing that is cheap and good value, bargain, surprisingly cheap|
|inexpensive||cheap||a relatively inexpensive hotel|
|low-cost||cheap||below the usual cost|
|dirt cheap||cheap||very cheap|
|economical||cheap||providing good service or value in relation to the amount of time or money spent|
|affordable||cheap||cheap enough that people can afford to pay it or buy it|
|low-budget||cheap||No one expected this low-budget film to be so successful.|
|it won't break the bank||cheap||if you say something won’t break the bank, you mean that it won’t cost a lot of money, or more than you can afford|
|good value for money||cheap||I know that this car is expensive but it's a good value for money.|
|bargain||cheap||a thing bought for less than the usual price|
|competitively priced||cheap||in a way that is as good as or better than others|
|at rock bottom||cheap||the lowest point or level that is possible|
|dear||expensive||Everything's so dear now, isn't it?|
|to cost the erth||expensive||I'd love that dress, but it costs the earth.|
|astronomical||expensive||the astronomical price of land for building|
|posh||expensive||attractive and expensive, stylish|
|upmarket||expensive||designed for or used by people who belong to a high social class or have a lot of money|
|classy||expensive||of high quality; expensive and/or fashionable|
|exorbitant||expensive||(of a price) much too high|
|extortionate||expensive||(of prices, etc.) much too high, excessive, outrageous|
|be a rip off||expensive||something that is not worth what you pay for it|
|prohibitively expensive||expensive||Car insurance can be prohibitively expensive for young drivers.|
|steep prices||expensive||£4 for a cup of coffee seems a little steep to me.|
|be daylight robbery||expensive||the fact of somebody charging too much money for something|
|to cost an arm and a leg||expensive||to cost/pay a lot of money|
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