257 – Buy vs Pay – English Vocabulary Lesson

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We use both pay and buy to talk about using money, but the way we use them is different. For today’s English lesson, let’s check out the difference between pay and buy.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details:

Using Buy:

  • I want to buy a new car.
  • Jack said he’s going to buy a house next year.
  • If you want to buy a new cell phone, you’ll probably need to sign a contract for the service.
  • Vincent said he bought a few new ties in Macy’s.

Using Pay:

  • They said that I need to pay $10,000 for that new car.
  • Jack said he can afford to pay $300,000 for a house.
  • You can pay for a new cell phone with cash or a credit card.
  • Vincent said he paid very little for new ties in Macy’s.


  • I bought a cup of coffee this morning. The focus of the sentence is on the coffee.
  • I paid $4 for a cup of coffee this morning. The focus of the sentence is the $4 paid.

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Comments 7

    1. Sergio….Here is how you can remember it.
      You pay for something…pay for dinner / pay for a coffee / pay for a pen
      You buy something…buy dinner / buy a coffee / buy a pen
      if you want to add a person at the end, use “for”

      I paid for dinner for Michael
      I bought dinner for Michael

      I hope that helps

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