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    Default RECEIVE PAYMENT

    "Mr Suwondo, and the others who had received payment, were eventually tracked down."

    I found the sentence from some "The Economist" article. Should "a" be added between "received" and "payment"?

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    No.

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    what about "make payment"?

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    No. One makes a payment. One has made a payment. Or "One has made payments."

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    so i must "make a payment", but could either "receive payment" or "receive a payment"? so "make" is not as flexible as "receive"?

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    I don't think it's a question of the "flexibility" of the verbs. It's the "receive payment" is idiomatic, while "make payment" is not.

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    Then according to your theory, "delay payment" and "withhold payment" are just as idiomatic as "receive payment"? What about "miss payment"?

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    I could see "miss payment" in some circumstances.

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    it looks like i will never learn good english

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    Default Re: RECEIVE PAYMENT

    The use of articles is one of the most difficult things to learn.

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