May 212015

BBC New How to – haggle: In the UK, haggling is not as common as in some other countries. You wouldn’t normally haggle in a department store here, or in other big shops. But you might haggle in a market, or for something like a second-hand car…


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So, Rob paid £600 in the end. And here are the ‘haggling expressions’ that Finn talked about:

1. ‘Do’ = sell

When we are haggling, instead of using the verb sell, we often use do. We use it with can/can’t and could/couldn’t:

  • I can probably do it for about £650.
  • Can’t you do it a bit cheaper?
  • Could you do it for 500?
  • You couldn’t do it for £550?

2. To ‘knock off’

This phrasal verb means ‘lower the price’.

  • Can you knock off another £30?
  • I could knock off £10 for you.

3. When you’ve got a deal: ‘Go on then’

To show that the price is agreed, it sounds very natural in spoken English for the buyer and/or the seller to say: Go on then.

  • Buyer: £600?
  • Seller: Go on then.
  • Buyer: I’ll give you £40 for it.
  • Seller: Go on then.

BBC New How to – haggle (Transcript Video)


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