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    GoesStation is offline Moderator
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    Re: Check out

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I clear the bill at the check-out in the supermarket.
    You don't "clear the bill". In a place where a bill exists, you pay it. That doesn't happen at a supermarket though. It happens at a bar or a restaurant, or any place where you could be presented with a statement of expenses you have to settle.

    You could say I pay the cashier at the check-out at the supermarket.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Check out

    In the case of a bar or a restaurant, you could say "pick up the tab/check".

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    Re: Check out

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    In the case of a bar or a restaurant, you could say "pick up the tab/check".
    In my use, "picking up" the tab means you pay for other people. You are "treating them."

    If it's just you/your family, you would not use "pick up."
    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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    Re: Check out

    That's right. I use it if I pay for other people.

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