Here are two sentences related to money.

The clothing is $30.
The clothing costs $30.

What is difference in meaning between these two?

  • The clothing is $30, could be interpreted as "costing $30", but you can't know for sure without some context.
    – user3169
    Feb 26, 2016 at 6:53
  • No context. I'm learning a daily english speaking. in there, I found 'How much would it cost to wash my car?', I was curious because i thought of like this 'How much is it to wash my car?'.
    – GT Kim
    Feb 26, 2016 at 6:58
  • In such context you are asking about the cost, so there is no difference.
    – user3169
    Feb 26, 2016 at 6:59
  • I see. if the speaker is using the word 'cost', he/she seems interested in the cost. thank you. :)
    – GT Kim
    Feb 26, 2016 at 7:04
  • When talking about prices (with or without explicitly using "cost"), the speaker is always interested in cost (or value) otherwise they wouldn't mention the price.
    – Peter
    Feb 26, 2016 at 9:38

1 Answer 1


The clothing is $30. is more common in spoken language. For example, the following conversation may take place between a customer and a vendor:

Customer: How much is this dress?

Vendor: It's $30.

In written language, The clothing costs $30. is more common. It is also slightly more formal.


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