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The research was paid for by NIH's bioethics department and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
It it correct to use two prepositions like in the sentence above? Can I simply say "paid by", please?
I was taking a look at COCA and found the following sentence: "Your taxes are overwhelmingly paid by Disney." Here's another example, also extracted from Coca: "That fund is financed by insurance premiums paid by the nation's banks."
These two sentences seem to me to have the same structure of the first sentence posted in this thread.
What's the difference among them so that "paid by" is possible in the last two sentences but not possible in the first one, please?
Disney paid the taxes.
The nation's banks paid the insurance premiums.
But NIH did not pay the research. (They paid for it)
A group of people went to the movies.
Peter bought his own ticket.
Peter also bought Sally's ticket.
So, Sally was paid for by Peter.
Note that Peter did not pay Sally. He paid the cinema staff.
He paid for Sally. He did not pay Sally.
Hi Raymott,Originally Posted by Raymott
Sorry for taking your time again but this one is really tough for me!
When one says "Disney paid the taxes" (previous post), "taxes" are not living beings but the sentence is correct.
I wonder where's the difference.
Why is "Disney paid the taxes." fine meanwhile "Nih paid the research." is not?
Why aren't "taxes" interpreted as the person who received the money meanwhile "research" is?
Shouldn't it be "Disney paid for the taxes"?
Thanks once more.
You pay something that needs paying. You pay bills, taxes, rates, wages, salaries. You don't pay research.
I'd suggest you look at a few dictionaries, think about it for a few weeks, notice sentences with "paid", and "paid for" (do a Google search and read them) and it will eventually come to you.