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.
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