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    #1

    Pay

    pay and pay for
    which one is correct?

    Where will I pay the books? or
    Where will I pay for the books?

    Thanks...


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    #2

    Re: Pay

    Quote Originally Posted by vexoss View Post

    Where will I pay the books? = I must pay this money to the books
    Where will I pay for the books? =I must pay this money in order to buy the books.
    ..

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    #3

    Re: Pay

    I can't see any difference between them. Could you elaborate on it?

    Thanks

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    Unhappy Re: Pay

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I can't see any difference between them. Could you elaborate on it?

    Thanks
    You can't see any difference, and I fail to understand the meaning of the first sentence. If it was the bills, then the meaning is absolutely clear to. So, what does the books mean then?


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    Re: Pay

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I can't see any difference between them. Could you elaborate on it?

    Thanks
    If you pay someone, then you pay the money to that someone. In the 1st sentence, "books" stands in the place of the person to whom money is paid. As engee say, you can "pay the bills", but otherwise you will be paying for [the purchase of] something.

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    #6

    Re: Pay

    I will pay for John.

    Does this mean I will pay on his behalf?

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    #7

    Smile Re: Pay

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    I will pay for John.

    Does this mean I will pay on his behalf?
    I guess it does.

    Let me do this FOR you.
    Let me pay it FOR you.

    However, if John is a slave, then... someone, say Mr X (there's a special name for such people, I can't remember now) is in charge of selling the slaves etc.

    Then you pay TO Mr X FOR a slave named John.

    I guess it could be also possible.
    Last edited by Offroad; 15-May-2009 at 13:25.

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    #8

    Re: Pay

    Then should we say,

    I will pay for the books.

    I will pay John for the books.

    I will pay the bill.

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    #9

    Re: Pay

    Hi vexoss


    • I will pay for the books.
    • I will pay John for the books.
    • I will pay the bill.

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    #10

    Re: Pay

    what of "I am going to pay the books" ?

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