Buy is generally used as a verb. The first pattern is buy [something] for [amount]. The point to remember in this pattern is the amount of money comes after the word for.
- I bought a pen for $2.
- In Chinatown, you can buy lunch for $5.
- How much did you buy that car for?
The next pattern is buy [something] for [person/occasion]
- I bought a pen for my husband.
- I bought groceries in Chinatown for the birthday party
- Who did you buy those flowers for?
Pay is also used as a verb. The first pattern is pay [amount] for [something]. The point to remember is the amount of money comes after the verb pay
- I paid $2 for this pen.
- We paid about $15 for lunch.
- I think Jack paid too much for that suite.
The next pattern is pay amount to [person/store] for [something] to [verb]. Here too, the amount of money comes after the verb pay.
- I paid $2 to the cashier.
- I paid $15 to the barber for my haircut.
- Jim said he paid $40 to have my computer fixed.
The third pattern is pay [invoice / bill / check]
- Please pay the invoice on Friday.
- We paid the phone bill yesterday, and we will pay the rent on Friday.
- I’ll pay the check for dinner.
We can also use spend and the pattern is spend [amount] on [something]
- I spent $2 on this pen.
- We only spent $15 on lunch.
- How much did you spend on that suit?
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