Common Errors in English: Sell, Sale, Sold

Don’t say: “There’s a big sell at my favorite store.”

Say: “There’s a big sale at my favorite store.”

Sale is a noun, sell is a verb (simple present) and sold is the simple past and past participle form of sell.

  • I’m going to sell my car and buy a new one.
  • She’s selling bottles of water at the football game.
  • Yesterday I sold all of my old college textbooks on the internet.
  • The bookstore is having a Christmas sale – everything is 20% off. (=20% discount)
  • The sales of our new product are slowly increasing.
  • This watch is normally $100, but it’s on sale for $70.

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