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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