phased out (appliance or food item)

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epistolario

Senior Member
Tagalog
Does it sound natural to use phase out when talking about food or an appliance that they have stopped selling or making?

Let's say you don't like flatscreen televisions, and you prefer the old-style television for some reason.

+ I don't like flatscreen TVs. Do you still have an old-style TV?​
- Sorry, it was phased out more than a decade ago.​

You liked a food item at a fastfood store that you've always bought from time to time in the past. You were out of the country for five years and are back.

+ Do you still have this tuna sandwich called ___?​
- Sorry, it was phased out just last year.​
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    + I don't like flatscreen TVs. Do you still have an old-style TV?- Sorry, it was phased out more than a decade ago.
    This is a normal use of phased out. However, they were is far more natural than it was in the sentence: Sorry. They were phased out more than a decade ago.

    + Do you still have this tuna sandwich called ___?- Sorry, it was phased out just last year.
    This is a little strange. People don't phase out options on a restaurant's menu. Instead, they discontinue them. Phase out refers to the gradual replacement of one type of item with something newer. It makes sense in talk about appliances and other things that feature outdated technology.
     
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