Saturday, August 22, 2015

Registering A Complaint

It's happened to me a number of times in the past few weeks. I'm buying something in a store and the cashier says "that'll be $8.45..." or however much.

Why the future tense?

I feel like responding "Yes, but how much is it now?"

Or maybe "Great, I'll pay you when I get the cash."

To be fair, the payment is in the future--the immediate future--but really, she's talking about the price in the present.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That will be $8.45 that you will need to pay me to take home this fine piece of essential merchandise.

What's the alternative phrasing - present tense connotes a demand- Please pay $8.45. and that sounds a little rude (even if it really isn't)

8:40 AM, August 22, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking back to recent commercial interactions- admittedly with bored teen convenience store clerks.=, I think they would just say "$8.45" and I am fine with that

8:44 AM, August 22, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

The cashier can simply say "that's $8.45." Present tense works fine.

Or even better, "that $6.45."

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