One Point English Lesson: Using Buy, Pay, & Spend

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One Point English Lesson Using Buy, Pay, & Spend

Each of these words (buy, pay, spend) have to do with using money, but the grammar pattern is different for each. Let’s have a look at these words today.

Spend means to use money. The basic pattern is spend + amount + on (or) spend + amount + for

  • I spent $12 on a new book.
  • Yalcin said he spent $500 for his flight to Istanbul.

Pay also means to use money. There are a few different patterns with pay:

Pay + amount + for

  • I paid $10 for this new book.
  • Yalcin said he paid $500 for his flight to Istanbul.

Pay + for 

  • I paid for this book with a gift card.
  • Yalcin said his brother paid for his flight to Istanbul.

Pay + person 

  • I paid Bob for his old car.
  • Should we pay the waiter or the cashier?

Buy also means to use money. We use the pattern buy + item (+ for).

  • I bought this book for $10.
  • Jack said he is going to buy a new computer.

Have you bought something this week? What was it? Do you know another way to use buy, pay, or spend? Leave a comment here and let me know.



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