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Let's imagine I have some boats with different prices. I am going to be selling them soon. I have gotten a person to buy one of them and he approached the boat I am selling for the highest price. Can I say something like:

I am selling it for more expensive than others

I am selling it more expensive than others

I am selling it for more expensive than all

I am selling it more expensive than all

I am selling it for a more expensive price than others

or how can it be said correctly?

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Most of these suggestions are ungrammatical and even the last one, which is grammatical, is unnatural.

As @geoyeo says in their answer, expensive is a adjective, so it must modify a noun. Furthermore, expensive means "high-priced," so it sounds unnatural to say "a more expensive price" since that means "a more high-priced price," which sounds redundant. The adjective expensive is generally applied to the object being sold (i.e., the boat), not to the price of the object.

A more natural way of saying what you're trying to express could be:

This boat is more expensive than the others I am selling.

Or even better:

This is the most expensive boat that I am selling.

Note that using the superlative most contrasts the boat against all of the others in the category without needing to mention them.

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Formally, the last statement is grammatically correct, as expensive is an adjective, therefore a noun would have to come after. However, many phrase the term differently, some examples are in the other answers. Hope this helps!

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I feel like it should be formulated this way; "I am selling it at a higher rate compared to the others". I hope this helps!

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  • It isn't a "rate" that would be either how fast you are selling, or the interest that you are charging. It doesn't mean the price.
    – James K
    Jul 18, 2019 at 20:39

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