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    the usage of "pay"

    pay with a check/cheque
    pay in check/cheque
    pay by check/cheque

    which are correct?
    i have seen all of them.

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    pay with a check/cheque
    pay in check/cheque
    pay by check/cheque

    which are correct?
    i have seen all of them.
    In BrE, "pay by cheque" is the most common, as a form of payment. If you take a cheque to the bank and add the funds to your account then you "pay in a cheque".

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    Also, you will come across pay with a cheque, though by is more common.. The one that sounds wrong to me is pay in cheque'; you can pay in cash.
    (When you pay in a cheque, you deposit a cheque someone has given you.)

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    You can, of course, 'pay in a cheque', but it doesn't mean what the OP has in mind. You can 'pay in a cheque at the bank' - you give it to the cashier, who adds its value to your account's total.

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    can I use"pay by check" to talk about "take a cheque to the bank and add the funds to your account"?

    Does "pay with a check/cheque" and "pay by check/cheque" have the same meaning?

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    can I use"pay by check" to talk about "take a cheque to the bank and add the funds to your account"?
    No - to pay by cheque means specifically to pay a bill or settle an amount owing by writing a cheque to a person. When you take a cheque that has been written to you to the bank and pay it in to your account you are "paying a cheque in".

    Does "pay with a check/cheque" and "pay by check/cheque" have the same meaning?
    Yes, the mean the same thing. Most people will use one or the other. I always say "pay by cheque".
    See above.

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    if I want to talk about "credit card"
    is the usage same as "check/cheque"?

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    Re: the usage of "pay"

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    if I want to talk about "credit card"
    is the usage same as "check/cheque"?
    I want to pay by credit card.
    I want to pay on my credit card.
    Can I pay with my credit card? (Less common).

    Obviously, you wouldn't say "pay in a credit card" as you do with a cheque.

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