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Is it affordable price or affordable prices?


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"I couldn't find definitive answer anywhere and this is my favorite site with very educated people" - to how many other sites have you posted this exact same text? – John Smithers Jun 19 '11 at 20:54

I think it depends on the subject. If you're talking about one single entity then it should be "affordable price", but if you're talking about a market/ hotel/ cafe then you should use "affordable prices" since you're not speaking of a single price.

It's a very good café with affordable prices.

He is selling his car at an affordable price.

I think you want "at an affordable price" in the second example. – MT_Head Jun 19 '11 at 21:46
Or "for" an affordable price. – Eri Jun 20 '11 at 0:13

Neither. Items are affordable if they have a price you can afford to pay. A car with a price you can pay is an affordable car. Price = low; car = affordable. An "affordable price" would be a price with a price you can afford to pay. How can you buy a price? In the example of a café, its prices are fixed, not based on each customer's finances. So a meal there may be affordable for one person but not for another. Therefore you cannot generalize their prices as "affordable". You can however generalize them as "low", or "reasonable", or "good" (compared to other cafés or other food sources).


The lowest price is called affordable price.