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    If I'm going to say about debt, do I use to. For example:

    - I have a debt to him.

    Is this correct. If not, please advise. Also, please include some examples so that I can understand it well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    If I'm going to say about debt, do I use to. For example:

    - I have a debt to him.

    Is this correct. If not, please advise. Also, please include some examples so that I can understand it well.
    You will say, I am in debt to him.

    He managed to pay off his debts in two years.
    The firm ran up huge debts.
    They are in debt to (= owe money to) the bank.
    He ran/got into debt (= borrowed money) after he lost his job.
    The company is deep in debt (= owes a lot of money).

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    There's also forever in his dept - neither money nor favors could repay what he has done for you. That is, he is kind and generous. You are forever in his debt.

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    Thanks to both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandhya.sha View Post
    You will say, I am in debt to him.

    He managed to pay off his debts in two years.
    The firm ran up huge debts.
    They are in debt to (= owe money to) the bank.
    He ran/got into debt (= borrowed money) after he lost his job.
    The company is deep in debt (= owes a lot of money).

    Is it fine to say "My friend is in debt to me"?

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Is it fine to say "My friend is in debt to me"?

    Thanks again.
    , though it's more common to say 'My friend owes me money' - or whatever. There's a less formal usage - not necessarily about money - where the 2nd object is dropped:

    'He'll do this - although he doesn't want to - because he owes her.'/'Come on - give me one last chance. You owe me.'

    (Don't use this in formal contexts.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    , though it's more common to say 'My friend owes me money' - or whatever. There's a less formal usage - not necessarily about money - where the 2nd object is dropped:

    'He'll do this - although he doesn't want to - because he owes her.'/'Come on - give me one last chance. You owe me.'

    (Don't use this in formal contexts.)

    b

    Thank you. That is really one good way of saying it.

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