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I wonder if someone could tell me which one of the following sentences sounds idiomatic:

a) These jeans have 25% off.
b) These jeans have 25% discount.
c) These jeans have a discount of 25%.
d) These jeans are selling for 25% off.
e) These jeans are selling at a discount of 25%.

For me only d and e are idiomatic and both seem to be natural and of course identical.

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  • You missed out b1 - These jeans have a 25% discount (and many other permutations & slight variations) They're all fine, but e is a bit "wordy", and wouldn't often occur in natural speech. Apr 10, 2014 at 1:24

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These jeans are 25 percent off.

is even more idiomatic. There's nothing wrong with d) or e). A small change to b) or c) gives:

These jeans have a 25% discount.

which is a little more natural than d) or e).

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  • Thank you very much for the reply Oldcat, but what would be the most idiomatic way of telling the same thing as you offered just using the word "discount"?
    – A-friend
    Apr 9, 2014 at 23:30
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    "These jeans are at a discount" or "these jeans are discounted". If you want the percent, then you add 25% before the word discount in the first case and after it in the second.
    – Oldcat
    Apr 9, 2014 at 23:48

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