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    Question Hire Purchase?

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    Is there any other British term used instead of "Hire Purchase" when paying tuition fees? I mean in cases when we're not buying some, but paying regular amounts of money for a course or the like. (I suppose it's called Monthly Installment in AmE)....I'm looking for both Informal and Formal terms in BRITISH ENGLISH.....Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Hire Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,

    Is there any other British term used instead of "Hire Purchase" when paying tuition fees? I mean in cases when we're not buying some, but paying regular amounts of money for a course or the like. (I suppose it's called Monthly Installment in AmE)....I'm looking for both Informal and Formal terms in BRITISH ENGLISH.....Many thanks in advance.
    Yes, hire purchase is really only used when buying an actual "thing" - a car, a TV etc.

    I would say that with tuition fees, we would say "pay in instalments", or "by monthly payments".

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    Re: Hire Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, hire purchase is really only used when buying an actual "thing" - a car, a TV etc.

    I would say that with tuition fees, we would say "pay in instalments", or "by monthly payments".


    So many thanks dear emsr2d2...Is there any informal term in British English used for the same purpose? (So, "Pay in Instalments" mustn't be an American usage only...)

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    Re: Hire Purchase?

    No specific term that I can think of- you could use 'pay monthly' as a slightly more informal way of paying.

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    Re: Hire Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    So many thanks dear emsr2d2...Is there any informal term in British English used for the same purpose? (So, "Pay in Instalments" mustn't be an American usage only...)
    I can't think of anything specific for "paying in/by instalments", though "pay monthly" would work.

    There are slang phrases for buying something on credit - "on the drip" and "on the never never".

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    Re: Hire Purchase?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can't think of anything specific for "paying in/by instalments", though "pay monthly" would work.

    There are slang phrases for buying something on credit - "on the drip" and "on the never never".

    Ta! The slang terms really work in my case...

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