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    "If you break a vase in a public place"

    Hi,

    If you break a vase in public place,

    you will have to pay for it.

    you will have to compensate for it.

    you will......................

    Which one is the most common. If none, how would you say it in here?

    Thank you!

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    Re: "If you break a vase in a public place"

    "You will have to pay for it" is common and correct.

    "You will have to compensate for it" is unnatural and incorrect.

    "You will have to pay (or give) compensation for it" is also common and correct.

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    Re: "If you break a vase in a public place"

    And it should be in a public place.

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    Re: "If you break a vase in a public place"

    Is the fact that you break the vase in a public place relevant?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: "If you break a vase in a public place"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Is the fact that you break the vase in a public place relevant?
    Sorry, I will make my next title of the question more relevant.

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    Re: "If you break a vase in a public place"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Sorry, I will make my next title of the question more relevant.
    I'm not talking about the title. I just don't understand why someone would only have to pay compensation if the breakage happens in public.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: "If you break a vase in a public place"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not talking about the title. I just don't understand why someone would only have to pay compensation if the breakage happens in public.
    In the US, unless there is sign posted that says something to the effect of "You break it, you bought it" accidentally breaking a vase in a store would not lead to a charge.

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