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    Default Pay / Paid

    What do these mean?

    1. This is a pay parking lot.
    2. This is a paid parking lot.

    Thanks.

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    I'd use the first- it means you have to pay.

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    1. This is a pay parking lot.
    2. This is a paid parking lot.
    I know #1 is a noun and #2 is an adjective. What's the difference in meaning when it is a noun vs adjective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    I know #1 is a noun and #2 is an adjective. What's the difference in meaning when it is a noun vs adjective?
    A pay parking lot means you park your car and pay the parking ticket.
    #2 means the parking spots have been paid for already. It's possible that it's been paid for by people with parking vouchers, student passes or any other paid parking programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    A pay parking lot means you park your car and pay the parking ticket.
    #2 means the parking spots have been paid for already. It's possible that it's been paid for by people with parking vouchers, student passes or any other paid parking programs.
    So do you call it paid international phone card or pay international phone card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    So do you call it paid international phone card or pay international phone card?
    I have never heard of paid or pay phone card. Just phone card will do. If it's not pre-paid, then it's of no use to you. However you can have a card on a pay as you go plan and you use it only when you need it and pump some money into it when you want to use it.

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    Default Re: Pay / Paid

    However, you can say a pre-paid card and that term is used very often.

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    I see. Thanks, Marylin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I see. Thanks, Marylin.
    You are welcome.

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