In English we can say something is "expensive" or "cheap" (one word adjectives). In french we say « cher » or « pas cher » (negation of « cher »).

Is there any antonyme to « cher » in one word in French? If not, is there any explication for why a great language like French does not have one word adjective to mean the word "cheap"?

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    Did you try looking in a dictionary? This is a great site, but don't just ask questions that can be solved by googling "<word> in French". Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 16:03
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No, there isn't any one-word adjective for that.
As for why, I guess saying 'pas cher' isn't difficult enough to create a new word for that. There doesn't seem to be any explicit reason behind that. We just didn't create it.

You can always presume that it is a matter of taboo about buying inexpensive things, but that would be mere speculation.

  • You could use; Économique:Avantageux, qui coûte peu. Exemple : Une voiture économique. Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 2:34
  • Yes but it isn't used often... "Pas cher", "Bon marché" are more common IMHO
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    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 12:52

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