Learn English Vocabulary – Buy, Pay, & Spend

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What is the difference between 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.

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

You can pay for something or pay an amount for something:

  • The boss paid for lunch.
  • I paid $10 for this new book.

You can pay by credit card, by bank transfer, or by check:

  • We pay all of the bills by bank transfer.
  • Not many people pay by check these days.

But…You pay in cash.

  • If you pay in cash, you’ll save 3%
  • You can only pay in cash at the flea market.

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.

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.

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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