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or • accessories • 30% less
better off • selection
  1. When you go to the market late in the day, most of the people have a limited .
  2. Do you prefer the blue green shirt?
  3. Those pants are if you buy them online.
  4. You might be waiting until you graduate to go traveling.
  5. What kind of do you sell to protect a cell phone.
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603 Get Gadget
Joel and Tom compare buying electronic goods in Thailand and Japan.

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How about electronics, are they cheaper in Thailand or cheaper in Japan?

You use 'or' when you are giving a list of at least two options, maybe more. Notice the following:

  1. Should we make steak or seafood tonight?
  2. We could drive or we could walk.


I think electrical accessories are cheaper in Thailand.

Here, 'accessory' refers to something that is non-essential, but helps in some way. This could be helping with appearance, safety or convenience. Notice the following:

  1. He has all these fancy accessories for his computer. I don't even know what most of them are.
  2. The large electronics are much cheaper here, but the accessories can get to be expensive.

20 or 30% less

It may be 20 or 30% less than you would find it in Japan.

When something costs '20 or 30% less' in one place than it does in another, it means that price has decreased by 20 or 30% of the original value. So if something costs $100 originally, it would now cost $80 or 70. Notice the following:

  1. This car uses 20 to 30% less gas than the one you drive right now.
  2. Gym memberships are 20 to 30% less when you get them during the summer.

better off

If you want to get those cheaper, you're better off going duty-free.

If you are 'better off' doing something, it means it is a better option. Notice the following:

  1. You are probably better off just buying a new car than trying to fix your old one.
  2. You're better off just calling a taxi. Parking is going to be hard to find downtown.

limited selection

They always have a very limited selection in duty-free shops.

When a place has a 'limited selection,' there are not many options of things to buy or maybe there are limited sizes or colors. Notice the following:

  1. When you go to a store after a big sale, there is usually a limited selection of things left.
  2. The store close to me always has limited selection compared to the one at the mall.