One-Point English Lesson: Pay vs. Pay For

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We use pay for When we talk about the thing we use money for. We usually use pay for + the item we buy

  • I paid for a taxi from the airport.
  • I paid for dinner last night.
  • How much did you pay for that hat?

We use pay (without for) when we use money, but do not say the thing we bought. We usually use pay + a bill or person.

  • I paid the taxi driver.
  • Should I pay the waiter or the cashier?
  • Did you pay this month’s phone bill?

We also use pay + amount + for + thing or pay + amount + to + bill/person

  • I paid $10 for this book.
  • I paid $10 to Jack for his old baseball glove.

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