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I found this sentence really confusing:

The average bundle price paid was a little over $8.

So, the average is the subject. Paid is the verb. What about the bundle price?

Can we use this form instead?

The average paid bundle price was a little over $8.

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It would help if you could provide the entire sentence. –  Barrie England Sep 23 '12 at 19:17
    
@BarrieEngland sorry about that >_< Edited !! –  Suhaib Sep 23 '12 at 19:19
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I think the verb is was. You can remove the word paid without significantly affecting the meaning, and it's really only acting as another adjective modifying price, the same as bundle does. Unless you "promote" it somehow, by saying, for example, "The average bundle price advertised was 5, but in fact the average bundle price paid was a little over 8, because of non-advertised additional costs". –  FumbleFingers Sep 23 '12 at 19:21
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In “The average bundle price paid was a little over $8”, price or bundle price is the subject and was is the verb. Average modifies bundle price or bundle price paid. In any case, “average bundle price paid” is a noun phrase forming the subject of the sentence.

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Thanks for putting in the rest of the sentence - it makes analysis possible.

Leaving out the word 'paid' leaves us with the sentence

The average bundle price was a little over $8.

Here, it is obvious that the subject is 'The average bundle price'. There follows a copular structure; the verb involved is be ('was').

A 'bundle price' is a collocation possibly best regarded as a compound noun:

"...savings based on comparison of Bundle price with price of same services sold separately. ..." (Google)

and 'average' is an adjective in attributive position (actually a rather difficult type of adjective to classify - but that's not germane here).

Putting 'paid' back into the reduced sentence, it is seen to be relating to the noun group ('bundle price'); if we had 'paid by the people in the showroom' we would see it is an adjectival non-finite clause postmodifying the noun group. The shorter version 'paid' is syntactically the same.

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“The average bundle price paid”
1) Price is the subject.
2) Bundle is a noun used as an adjective.
3) Average can be a noun or an adjective. In this sentence it is an adjective.
I see nothing wrong with that sentence.
I mean, there are two adjectives (average + bundle) giving qualities to one noun (price).

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