What does Forty cents per mean in this dialogue? How much for these? Fifty cents a dozen. Too much. How about these over here? Well, how much for them? Forty cents per. All right. A few sprigs of parsley too, then? Okay. Thanks. Good-bye.
Aug 12, 2014 1:19 PM
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forty cents each.
August 12, 2014
"Forty cents per (dozen)". The last thing they mentioned was the price of eggs by the dozen.
August 12, 2014
It is pretty vague but based on the fifty cents a dozen mentioned previously, I'd say that they are saying the others are forty cents per dozen.
August 12, 2014
This is colloquial speech. Words are left out and understood from context. "Forty cents a dozen" means "forty cents FOR a dozen." The word "for" is left out, because the meaning is clear without it. You pay $0.40. You receive 12 of something.. "Per" is used in business. "Forty cents per dozen" means the same thing as "Forty cents for a dozen." "Forty cents per" here means "forty cents per DOZEN." The buyer understands, because the seller was talking about dozens earlier. The seller needs to say "per." If the conversation had been "Well, how much for them?" "Forty cents." the buyer would not be sure what was meant and would need to ask "Is that forty cents each, or forty cents per dozen?" By adding "per" the seller makes it clear that he does NOT talking about "forty cents each."
August 12, 2014
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