I am going to buy this record of the clash "london calling" through mailorder but as I have already a previous order of the same mailorder on hold, I'd like both orders to be sent together to save on postage or on the postage

I would say on postage sounds better but it is not postage in general it is postage for these 2 orders


I would include 'the'. However, I would tend to agree with Peter that most native speakers may not. Remember, just because native speakers use a certain structure more often doesn't make it more correct, only more common.


(1&2: my own made up examples)

  1. Our company pays for postage on all orders. (company policy)

  2. The postage on your order has been included as a courtesy. (not a policy)

The postage wasn't paid on it, and that was another thing to worry about.

Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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In the case of your example, either using or not using "the" will not change the meaning. Native speaker will more often not use "the"

...sent together to save on postage.

If you were more specific

...sent together to save on the $2.50 postage.
...sent together to save on the postage of my order.

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