Post 2 – Asking Prices, Time & Distance

18 Aug 2015

 8 Vocabulary Tips for Each Category – Time, Distance & Cost/Price

We are familiar with some words in English however are not sure exactly what it implies. So here are some tips that will give you some clarity and will help you use them effectively.


  • Midday: The middle of the day, 12 noon.

What time did he arrive?

Around midday

  • Century: 100 years

When did this occur?

About a century ago

  • Decade: A period of 10 years

How long did you work there?

For a decade

  • Fortnight: 14 days

What is the waiting period?

It is a fortnight

  • Dawn: The first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise

What time do you leave for work?

At dawn

  • Eternity: Unending time

How long do you think people will remember Shakespeare?

I believe for eternity

  • Day break: Dawn

What time did you wake up today?

I was up at day break

  • Dusk: Around sunset time

What time are you returning from work?

At dusk


  • Mileage: Distance measured in miles

What is the mileage of your car?

It is 17km/l

  • Space: A continuous area or expanse which is free and unoccupied

Where do you think it is launched?

Into space

  • Kilometre: A metric unit of measurement equal to 1,000 metres

How far is the office from here?

Not very far, just about a kilometre away

  • Yard: A unit of linear measure equal to 3 feet

Is it really far away?

It is a few yards from here

  • Mile: a unit of linear measure equal to 1,760 yards

Can you tell me how far the airport is?

It is miles away, leave early

  • Remote: Far away

Where exactly is it?

It is at a remote location

  • Stretch: Very long

How far is it, can I walk the distance?

It is quite a stretch; I would recommend you take the bus

  • Stride: a long, decisive step

She crossed the room in a few strides


  • Estimate: Approximate

Can you give me an estimate of how much that would cost?

  • Monetary: Includes money

What are my monetary benefits?

  • Overpay: Paid over the set amount

Was I overpaid this month?

  • Afford: Over the budget

How much does it cost? Do you think I can afford it?

  • Marginal cost: The increase or decrease in costs as a result of increase or decrease of the number of units

What is the marginal cost of this product?

  • Unit Cost: Cost per product

What is the unit cost of this item?

  • Expensive: Costs a lot of money?

Is this very expensive? What is the cost for this item?

  • Cheap: Opposite of expensive

How much does this cost? I hope it is cheap; I do not have a lot of money right now

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