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    #1

    Ivan stole money from his parents

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Ivan stole money from his parents to pay a gambling debt he had incurred five months before.

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    #2

    Re: Ivan stole money from his parents

    I'd use "pay off" in the above.

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    Re: Ivan stole money from his parents

    I don't think just pay is wrong, though.

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