Use the word "sale" when something is available for purchase (for sale).
- They have a house for sale.
- This car is for sale.
- Is this for sale? (Is it available for purchase?)
Often, the word "sale" means that the price of something has been reduced (on sale):
- These shirts are on sale.
- That store is having a sale on shoes.
- These pineapples are on sale for three dollars each.
- There’s going to be a huge sale this weekend at Macy’s.
There are many different kinds of sales:
- A garage sale is held when people want to sell unwanted things from inside their garage.
- People without a garage have a yard sale.
- At an estate sale you can buy almost everything that’s inside a house because a person has died or is moving away.
- Churches and other organizations hold rummage sales to raise money.
- A flea market is a sale held by a large group of people who want to sell old, used items.
- At an auction, things for sale are purchased by the person who offers the most money.
The word "sale" is often combined with other words or used as an adjective:
- Bob works as a salesman. (Or you can say "salesperson.")
- Linda is a salesperson. (Or you can say "saleswoman.")
- Victor has to make a sales call this afternoon. (He has to either call someone on the phone or make a personal visit to a location.)
- Most things purchased have a sales tax.
- Sales ads appear in the newspaper on the weekend.
- A sales force is a group of people who work together to sell things for a company.
- If a person works on the sales floor of a store, he or she works directly with customers.
A realtor is usually involved in the sale of a house.
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March 20, 2014