How to talk about prices

How to talk about prices

How to talk about prices
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  • 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?
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STUDY 1

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.
  • bargain
    I got this shirt when I was in Turkey. It was a real bargain.
when something doesn't cost much money
  • inexpensive
    The furniture is inexpensive but well-made.
  • economical
    This is a well-designed car that is also very economical to run.
  • affordable
    We have a vast range of cars to choose from at affordable prices.
NOT TOO EXPENSIVE WHEN COMPARED WITH OTHER PRICES
  • reasonable
    Only £15 a night? That sounds reasonable.
  • competitive
    I am confident you’ll find our prices are extremely competitive.
  • competitively priced
    Call this number for our free catalogue of competitively priced cosmetics.
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STUDY 2

Study the language for talking about expensive prices.

WHEN SOMETHING IS EXPENSIVE
  • costly
    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
  • luxurious
    Atlantis is one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships.
  • fancy
    We stayed in a fancy Victorian hotel in San Francisco.
  • upmarket
    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!
  • steep
    It’s hard to find an apartment around here, and when you do the rents are pretty steep.
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PRACTICE 1

Play this Multidecker game. Decide if the word or phrase means cheap or expensive.

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PRACTICE 2

Play this Quizlet game. Make everything disappear! Drag corresponding items onto each other to them disappear. Do it quickly!

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TEST

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.

READY! STEADY! GO!

1.

In our summer sale, we have clothes from top designers at prices.

2.

There’s a special ticket that means you can see six concerts, which is definitely good for money.

3.

We have a vast range of cars to choose from at prices.


Well done! You are doing great! Keep up the good work!
4.

A: How much is a single room for one night?
B: It's £15 a night.
A: Only £15 a night? That sounds .

5.

A: No way! I ruined my new suit.
B: There are some places that can mend your suit in a couple of hours, but it’s going to you.

6.

Getting good health insurance these days costs an and a leg.


Well done! You're almost there!
8.

A: Where did you stay on your honeymoon?
B: We stayed in a Victorian hotel in San Francisco.

9.

A: It's $80 dollars. Would you like to pay cash or by credit card?
B: Eighty dollars for a pair of jeans? What a -off!

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