Talking about Bargains - Intermediate

Everybody loves a bargain. We like to feel we got something at a special price - that's why shops have sales, sometimes all year round!

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. It was cheaper than usual.
  2. It was discounted.
  3. I got two for the price of one.
  4. It was 20% off.
  5. It was a real bargain.
  6. It was on special offer.
  7. They knocked £10 off the price.
  8. It was reduced by £10.
  9. It was in the sale.
  10. I got it half-price
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. 1 doesn't give a lot of information about price, and suggests that you saved a little money and were happy with this - perhaps it was a surprise for you.
  2. 2 is similar to 1, but a bit more formal.
  3. 3 is a common marketing ploy in shops and supermarkets nowadays, but is better than 'three for the price of two' or 'buy two, get one free.'
  4. 4 and 8 focus on the saving you made - we all like to save money!
  5. 5 is common when we are really happy with something we bought because it was cheap. We emphasise REAL a lot.
  6. 6 and 9 are similar - and are often used to justify buying something that maybe you don't actually need.
  7. 7 means that the seller gave you a special deal for something and decided to reduce the price just for you. This can happen if you notice a slight problem with what you are buying.
  8. 10 is like 5, and also like 3 - but the focus is on the saving you made, not the product.

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