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    on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Do I buy a new computer on installment or in installments?

    I guess I can pay either in installments or on installment. Would "on the installment plan" be formal?

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Do I buy a new computer on installment or in installments?

    I guess I can pay either in installments or on installment. Would "on the installment plan" be formal?
    You buy the computer "on the installment plan". That is, you get the whole computer (you don't get parts of it in installments!) at once and then you pay "in installments."

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    You buy the computer "on the installment plan". That is, you get the whole computer (you don't get parts of it in installments!) at once and then you pay "in installments."
    "[count] US : a way of paying for something by making a series of small payments over a long time."

    Could it be that it's a plan of paiments that's has been devloped to attract customers? You can't pay in full at once but would like to pay during four months? What about "on installment"?

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "[count] US : a way of paying for something by making a series of small payments over a long time."

    Could it be that it's a plan of paiments that's has been devloped to attract customers? Probably. You can't pay in full at once but would like to pay during four months? Yes. What about "on installment"? No.

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    So what's the difference between "in installmets", "on installment" and "on the istallment plan"?

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So what's the difference between "in installmets", "on installment" and "on the istallment plan"?
    Hasn't freezeframe already answered this in post #2?
    We do not say "on installment."

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Hasn't freezeframe already answered this in post #2?
    We do not say "on installment."
    Where would guys who wrote a dictionary get it from?

    "[noncount] ▪ (US) We are paying on installment."
    Last edited by ostap77; 16-May-2011 at 14:28.

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    I love how these threads unfold. Provide a bit of information, wait for the answer, then bring out some more info to argue about the answer, wait for the next answer, then bring out the big guns... Why not just put all the information you're asking about in the original post?

    Can you also, please, link the dictionary you're quoting?

    "We are paying on installment" doesn't mean much to me. You pay in installments. Maybe somewhere else some other people would say that.

    Unless they mean "We are paying [for this] on installment [plan]."

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    Re: on the installment plan,in installments or on installment

    Also:
    Buy this ring on layaway? L.A.-based Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers sold a similar three-carat ring for $36,500 on installment payments. CNN Money

    And BrE:
    Hire Purchase (H.P.) is a popular way of buying expensive goods. Using H.P. you usually pay a deposit first and the remainder by monthly instalments. Goods normally cost more on hire purchase. BBC Bitesize


    This one's interesting, no idea if it's actually used though:
    We bought a car on the 'never-never' (installment plan). The free dictionary


    For those who might've missed it: AmE - installment, BrE - instalment

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