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    Default buy in cash?

    We usually pay for something in cash,
    but can we say "I bought the car in cash"?

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    Default Re: buy in cash?

    No.

    'I paid (in) cash for the car.'

    'I paid for the car in cash.'

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    Default Re: buy in cash?

    We usually pay for something in cash,
    but can we say "I bought the car in cash"?


    kiweep7.
    As Rover says .. or "I bought/paid for the car cash down", although this sometimes means to make a part payment first rather than the full amount.

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    Last edited by JMurray; 25-Mar-2011 at 03:16. Reason: deleted Rover repeat

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    Default Re: buy in cash?

    Cheers, guys!

    What about "we bought this house with cash"?
    Would it be correct or common to say that?

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    Default Re: buy in cash?

    What about "we bought this house with cash"?

    "We bought this house with cash" is not incorrect, but I would more naturally say, "We paid cash for this house"*.

    * I wish it were true!

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    Default Re: buy in cash?

    It would be very uncommon; in the UK, if you tried to pay for a house in cash, the lawyers would have to call the police to check whether the money was legal.

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