give customers a discount coupon vs give customers discount coupons.

askxkti

Senior Member
korean
Hi!

Can you check the two sentences below and tell me differences?

a. Give customers a discount coupon.

b. Give customers discount coupons.

For me,
a sounds like either many customers get just one coupon or each customer gets one coupon.
b sounds like customers get coupons and each customer can get more than one coupon.

What do you think?

Thank you.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    If you’re only giving one customer one coupon, I would use the first. No one will think that you’re giving multiple customers just one coupon. The second one can sound like you’re giving each customer two or more coupons each.

    Normally, this expression would occur in a sentence different than yours. Yours sounds like an instruction to someone handing out coupons: “Give customers a discount coupon.” Which is fine, but if it’s an instruction, I would say, “Give each customer one coupon.”

    Here’s a more familiar sentence:

    This Saturday, we’re giving customers a discount coupon when they spend $200 or more in our store.
     
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    askxkti

    Senior Member
    korean
    If you’re only giving one customer one coupon, I would use the first. No one will think that you’re giving multiple customers just one coupon. The second one can sound like you’re giving each customer two or more coupons each.

    Normally, this expression would occur in a sentence different than yours. Yours sounds like an instruction to someone handing out coupons: “Gives customers a discount coupon.” Which is fine, but if it’s an instruction, I would say, “Give each customer one coupon.”

    Here’s a more familiar sentence:

    This Saturday, we’re giving customers a discount coupon when they spend $200 or more in our store.


    Thank you so much!
    This is a PERFECT answer!
    Thank you!
     
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