Talking about Cheap Prices
Because everyone likes shopping, and buying is an inevitable part of life, we often talk about things which are cheap. Everyone likes a bargain!
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- It was quite cheap.
- It didn't cost that much.
- It wasn't very expensive.
- It wasn't that expensive, really.
- It was quite reasonable, actually.
- It was good value for money.
- I thought it'd be more expensive.
- I'm happy with the price.
- That's a good price.
- You pay a lot more in other places.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- 1 is common - notice we often soften talk about price with words like 'very/quite' - it's very natural English.
- With 2 we put a strong emphasis on 'THAT' to mean 'not as much as you think'.
- 3 is normal - but things that are 'not expensive' normally cost more than things that we say 'are cheap'. This is because positive verbs are stronger than negative verbs in English.
- 4 is like 2 with emphatic THAT. We use this expression sometimes to jusfify buying something.
- When prices are reasonable, they are fair - neither cheap nor expensive.
- In business, you often hear about 'value for money' like in 6. Things can be expensive, but you get a lot of additional features for your money.
- We use 7 to show we are pleasantly surprised by the cost of something. Again, this can be used to justify buying something.
- 8 and 9 are quite often used when negotiating about prices in business, or when buying something like a second-hand car. 9 could also be used by the seller to convince you to buy.
- 10 is another sort of justification