I am going to make up a few similar sentences below.

(1) The lowest price of the recently released Mac computer is $1000.

(2) The recently released Mac computer costs as low as $1000.

(3) The recently released Mac computer at the lowest price costs $1000.

Which of my sentences sound natural to native English speakers? Please give me your feedback. Thanks.

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    Frankly, they all sound rather robotic, not natural at all. – Robusto Jan 26 '17 at 3:54
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    What makes them robotic? – davidtrinh Jan 26 '17 at 4:16
  • @Robusto How would you say it to sound natural? – Omkar Reddy Jan 26 '17 at 4:18
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    @Nagendra: One way would be: "You can get the latest Mac for as little as $1,000." – Robusto Jan 26 '17 at 4:23
  • I'd agree that the phrase "as little as $1,000" seems better than "as low as $1000" to me, but both are grammatically correct. LOL - It may be because I remember endless infomercials on TV squawking about the "low, low price of $19.99." Yuck. – MaxW Jan 26 '17 at 6:43

2 sounds idiomatically the best. It has a better rhythm to it. The others, while grammatical, place the parts of speech in an atypical ordering.

In this case, word order makes the difference even though they mean roughly the same thing.


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