“This one is relatively inexpensive.”
You're shopping for wine at a wine store. You want a wine that's good but not too expensive. The store employee makes this recommendation.
This one is relatively inexpensive.
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Use this expression when you want to compare something to other things of the same kind.
For example, if you say that a wine is "relatively inexpensive", it means that it's cheaper than a lot of other wines that are of similar quality. The price might still seem expensive to the customer, but it is "relatively" cheap compared to those other wines.
- Most movies are about 90-100 minutes long. So a move that is 85 minutes long is "relatively short".
- The average height for men in the U.S. is 5 feet, 9 inches. Very tall people are sometimes 6 feet, 5 inches. So a 6-foot-tall man is "relatively tall".
Some adjectives which often appear after "relatively" are:
relatively small (number, percentage, budget)
relatively low (cost, chances, prices)
relatively easy (to do something)
relatively short (distance, time)
"Inexpensive" means "not expensive" or "cheap".
The word "cheap" can have a slightly negative connotation. You call things that are low quality "cheap":
But "inexpensive" doesn't have the same negative sound, so it's good to use if you work at a store and want to tell customers about a cheap item.
The letters "in-" are used at the beginning of several words to mean "not ___". In this example, "inexpensive" means "not expensive". Here are some other examples:
- incapable - not capable of doing something (not able to do it)
- inoffensive - not offensive (not making people shocked and angry)
- inconsiderate - not considerate of other people (not thinking about other people's feelings)
- inconsequential - not consequential (not important)
Use "this one" to talk about something that's close to you right now, or very recently. For example:
A: Which one do you like?
B: I like this one.
Have you seen this one? (Pointing at a video on your computer)
Why do you need "one" with it? "This" and "that" can also be used by themselves:
I like this.
People use "one" when they're choosing one thing out of a group. It's like you're saying "this one, not the others".