Why is 'The apple is 3 yuan' written '苹果三块' and not '苹果是三块', or are both acceptable?

  • Both are fine. Which source did you find the phrase?
    – Shaw
    Jan 27, 2021 at 0:10
  • HelloChinese mobile app.
    – PaulBaul11
    Jan 27, 2021 at 10:13
  • I'd say it's analogous to how people write recipe in English: Sugar 2 tbsp. It's not really a sentence since it lacks the verb. Jan 28, 2021 at 14:33

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Both acceptable:

'苹果三块' (apple, three yuans) --> short for: '苹果(的价格是)三块(一个/一磅)'

'苹果是三块 (Apple is three yuans) --> short: for '苹果(的价格)是三块(一个/一磅)'

Both mean 'the price of the apple is three yuans (each/ a pound)

苹果是三块 is kind of wordy for a length reduced sentence, therefore, 苹果三块 is the preferred way to shorten 苹果的价格是三块一个 or 苹果賣三块一个

No one would interpret 苹果是三块 as 苹果 can be used as a currency for three yuans

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