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What does "to mark down" mean?



 
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What does "to mark down" mean? #1 (permalink) Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:15 am   What does "to mark down" mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #84 "ESL Prepositions", question 6

Low consumer demand has forced the retailer to mark ......... a wide range of goods by as much as 40%.

(a) up
(b) down
(c) back
(d) off

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #84 "ESL Prepositions", answer 6

Low consumer demand has forced the retailer to mark down a wide range of goods by as much as 40%.

Correct answer: (b) down
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Mark down #2 (permalink) Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:13 am   Mark down
 

Hi Leon,

Mark down simply means reduce in cost - make cheaper. In sales, shops mark prices down to attract more customers.

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Mark down #3 (permalink) Wed Aug 29, 2007 22:12 pm   Mark down
 

Alan wrote:
Hi Leon,

Mark down simply means reduce in cost - make cheaper. In sales, shops mark prices down to attract more customers.

Alan

Hello Alan,

Why not use off, the store always have big dicount on holiday and it always show a 40% or 30%.... off.

Could you kindly explain it for me? Thank You
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What does "to mark down" mean? #4 (permalink) Tue Jul 17, 2012 15:56 pm   What does "to mark down" mean?
 

I have the same thought of Madokaliu. Cannot I use "mark off"? Thank you.
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What does "to mark down" mean? #5 (permalink) Tue Jul 17, 2012 17:43 pm   What does "to mark down" mean?
 

When used with the term 'mark', only 'mark up' and 'mark down' are used of the sale of goods.
a percentage or discount of a certain amount off does not use the word 'mark' so 'off' is correct.
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What does "to mark down" mean? #6 (permalink) Tue Jul 17, 2012 19:36 pm   What does "to mark down" mean?
 

Hi,

'Mark off'. Would be used to mean something completely different as it suggests that you either put a line through or put a tick by someone's name on a list to show that they are present. You could also use it to cross out an item on a shopping list when you have bought it.

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