~cents admission

jakartaman

Senior Member
Korean
Hi :)
A sentence from TOEFL Official Guide:
Exhibitors, however, wanted to maximize their profits, which they could do more readily by projecting a handful of films to hundreds of customers at a time (rather than one at a time) and by charging 25 to 50 cents admission.

Doesn't the part in red have to be either 25 to 50 cents for admission, 25 to 50 cents per admission or 25 to 50 cent admission to be grammatically correct?

Thank you!
 
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    Doesn't the part in red have to be either 25 to 50 cents for admission, 25 to 50 cents per admission or 25 to 50 cent admission to be grammatically correct?
    The writer probably means "25 to 50 cents' admission" (notice the apostrophe making "cents" possessive), but that apostrophe is often neglected (compare "in three days' time," "fifty dollars' worth," etc.). Your first suggestion would be fine but the others are either unnatural ("per admission") or incorrect ("cent admission").
     
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