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    Payback used correctly?

    Dear experts,
    I had a little discussion the other day with a friend and was wondering if you native English speakers could help determine the winner. I read a phrase where person A said "you'll get your payback" to person B. Does that mean that A says that B will get payback one day or does that mean that A will get revenge on B one day? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Payback used correctly?

    I think B will get revenge. However, it is a sentence there might be some disagreement about.
    Last edited by Tdol; 06-Apr-2015 at 12:11. Reason: typo

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    Re: Payback used correctly?

    I find it potentially ambiguous. It could mean "You will get your opportunity to achieve payback (against someone else)" or "Someone will get their payback against you".

    Of course, the surrounding context of your original quote should make it clear which one it is.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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