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    arrange payment

    I saw many people would write "Please arrange payment" on an invoice when they passed it to the accounts department for payment.

    I wonder if we need to use an article before the "payment".

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    Re: arrange payment

    No.

    'Please pay' would suffice.

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    Re: arrange payment

    I wonder if 'payment' is a countable noun in the above sentence. If it is, why don't we use a determiner before the 'payment'?

    Grammar books say that we must use a determiner before a countable noun. Please help!

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    Re: arrange payment

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/payment Definition#2.
    Having read the above definition, I think 'payment' is uncountable in your sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: arrange payment

    Each department should have a rubber stamp saying 'Approved for payment' on invoices passed to the accounts department.

    Alternatively, the accounts department should assume that all invoices passed to them have been checked and approved.

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    Re: arrange payment

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/payment Definition#2.
    Having read the above definition, I think 'payment' is uncountable in your sentence.
    Thanks Mathew. Does def. no 1 "You can make a payment in any banks" not apply to my case?

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    Re: arrange payment

    In your sentence, 'payment' does not refer to an amount of money.
    What will be arranged is to pay instead of an amount of money.
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    Re: arrange payment

    I agree with Matthew that the second definition covers the situation here.

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