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    Default The opposite of 'owe'?

    Hi all,

    May I know if there's any verb opposite of 'owe'? (Or, how would you fill the blank below?)

    You owe me a lot of money. = I _________ you a lot of money.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Hello.
    I am not a native speaker.

    I would say "lend deposit"

    You owe me a lot of money = I lend deposite you a lot of money.

    Maybe it sounds unnatural or it's wrong, I just want to help.
    Nickle.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    May I know if there's any verb opposite of 'owe'? (Or, how would you fill the blank below?)

    You owe me a lot of money. = I _________ you a lot of money.
    In that one single blank, I would use "lent". But there are many other ways that a person can incur a debt.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello.
    I am not a native speaker.

    I would say "lend deposit"

    You owe me a lot of money = I lend deposite you a lot of money.

    Maybe it sounds unnatural or it's wrong, I just want to help.
    Nickle.
    "I lend deposit you a lot of money" is not correct.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "I lend deposit you a lot of money" is not correct.
    It's not just not correct, it's not even close.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello.
    I am not a native speaker.

    I would say "lend deposit"​.

    You owe me a lot of money = I lend deposite you a lot of money.

    Maybe it sounds unnatural or it's wrong, I just want to help.
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    Nicklexoxo, it's nice of you to try to help and you do at least put "I am not a native speaker" at the beginning of your posts. However, your recent suggestions have been entirely incorrect. Please concentrate on your own English before trying to help other people.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In that one single blank, I would use "lent". But there are many other ways that a person can incur a debt.

    Thanks for the reply. How is this concept commonly expressed in both Formal and Informal contexts? Once you're saying this to a friend, and sometime you're writing to some office claiming that, say a company owes you this much money. I would really appreciate it if you could help me with this.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    It depends on how the debt was built up.

    If you lent your friend 10 a month ago, then she still owes you 10.
    If you overpaid a company by 10 somehow, then they owe you 10.

    In both cases, you are owed 10.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It depends on how the debt was built up.

    If you lent your friend 10 a month ago, then she still owes you 10.
    If you overpaid a company by 10 somehow, then they owe you 10.

    In both cases, you are owed 10.
    I agree, and that's both formal and informal.

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    Default Re: The opposite of 'owe'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    May I know if there's any verb opposite of 'owe'? (Or, how would you fill the blank below?)

    You owe me a lot of money. = I _________ you a lot of money.
    I'm not sure there's an actual antonym. But you can make it passive.
    "The company owes me a lot of money" = "I am owed a lot of money by the company."

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