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    fine always in monetary terms

    Hello I know the phrase "pay a fine" when for example you parked in a wrong place and you received a fine which is in monetary terms (you have to pay).

    I would like to know if a fine could be also used for non-monetary penalties. "Your fine is to stay in jail for the next X years".

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help

    Best Regards

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    Re: fine always in monetary terms

    No, as far as I know, a fine is always the monetary portion of your sentence.

    You can be sentenced to two weeks in jail and a fine of $10,000, for example.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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