selling or being sold; act of selling sth
occasion when goods are sold at lower prices than usual
desire to buy goods; demand
"he has just made his first sale"
"they had to complete the sale before the banks closed"
"they tried to boost sales"
"laws limit the sale of handguns"
"they held a sale to reduce their inventory"
"I got some great bargains at their annual sale"
"you'll find vitamin C for sale at most pharmacies"
"the new line of cars will soon be on sale"
"the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office"
A substantial increase in the sales of filter-tip cigarettes.
Most countries have banned the sale of irradiated food.
误 These apples are on sale.
正 These apples are for sale.
误 Is the used car on sale?
正 Is the used car for sale?
误 A large number of classical literary works of Western Europe are for sale in the bookstore.
正 A large number of classical literary works of Western Europe are on sale in the bookstore.
误 Will the new product be for sale as early as next month?
正 Will the new product be on sale as early as next month?
析 on sale和for sale都可以表示“出售的”。for sale的确切含义是“待售”,表示个人行为,通常由物主或代理人经手,且常作为广告张贴用语; on sale通常指商店等出售。
误 Today's sale was larger than yesterday's.
正 Today's sales were larger than yesterday's.
误 Tomato soup that is usually sold at twelve cents a can is now for sale for eight cents.
正 Tomato soup that is usually sold at twelve cents a can is now on sale for eight cents.
析 当表示“削价出售”时,美式英语用on sale,不用for sale。
误 He works in the sale department of a company.
正 He works in the sales department of a company.
析 当sale作名词的定语时,我们常用其复数形式sales,如sales manager等。