Question: Does it sound natural with or without "ranging from"? Or should it be omitted? I've seen examples of sentences with the noun "price" and both variants - with/without "ranging from" - are possible, as far as I've seen.

Context: I want to explain to users that a certain number of projects have been ordered from freelancers within the range of, let's say, $15 - $20 per hour. The sentence will be similar to the following: 30% of {tasks/projects} were ordered at rates from/ranging from $10 to $20 per hour.

I'm not sure whether I can find a grammatical rule to apply here, so asking native speakers to confirm which variant (with/without "ranging from" will sound natural to you).

  • If I wanted to report facts, I'd say ordered at rates of $10-20/hour. If I wanted to stress how variable our costs were, I'd say rates ranging anywhere from $10 to $20/hour. Feb 18, 2021 at 13:54

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There are no "rules" governing this. However, as "$10 to $20" is a range, "ranging" seems otiose, although not wrong.

  • "otiose" is going a bit far, but it's certainly unnecessary.
    – Stuart F
    Feb 18, 2021 at 13:29
  • I agree: It is a matter of personal preference. But it is the most borderline misleading aspect of marketing, along with £99.99.
    – Tuffy
    Feb 18, 2021 at 13:41

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