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Cars: optional extras or optional features

 
 
Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 09:06 am
What do you call those things that cars don't have by default but you pay an extra to have them? Do you call them "opitonal extras" or "optional features"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

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layman
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 09:17 am
@paok1970,
Most people would say features or something synonymous. After having said "optional," the word "extras" is somewhat redundant.
paok1970
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 09:20 am
@layman,
Is it possible to treat "optional" as a noun and call those car features just "optionals" (plural)?

layman
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 10:20 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

Is it possible to treat "optional" as a noun and call those car features just "optionals" (plural)?


Yeah, you can do that, and it would actually be indicating something a little different than just saying "options" would, I think.

For example, a choice between a blue vs black car would just be an "option" (with no extra cost).
paok1970
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 10:29 am
@layman,
And if you have to pay for an extra (optional), what do you call it?
layman
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 10:46 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

And if you have to pay for an extra (optional), what do you call it?


Well, you could phrase it in many different ways. A common way might be something like "leather seats are optional," indicating that they are not standard, but you can get them if you're willing to pay more.
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Real Music
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 12:46 pm
@paok1970,
Some use the slang term "Bells and whistles"
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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jan, 2018 02:10 pm
"Optional extras" is a very common phrase in British English. It is pretty much the standard way of referring to things that a new car buyer might choose, such as satnav, parking sensors, bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, heated seats, etc.
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