deposit

Untaught88

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2015
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Urdu
Home Country
Pakistan
Current Location
Pakistan
Hi,

Can we use the verb "deposit" before "school fee"?
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Certainly. ​I paid a hundred-dollar deposit for next year's school fee.

(I have a feeling that usage is not what you had in mind. Please write a complete sentence so we can comment appropriately.)
 

teechar

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Feb 18, 2015
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
Iraq
Current Location
Iraq
Just to clarify:
The word "deposit" in GoesStation's natural sentence in post #3 is a noun. It is not a verb.
 

Tdol

Editor, UsingEnglish.com
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan
We had to deposit a hundred dollars against next year's school fees. (Possible,and a verb, though not that natural for me)
 

Untaught88

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2015
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Urdu
Home Country
Pakistan
Current Location
Pakistan
"If you have already deposited school fee, ..."
 

Matthew Wai

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2013
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
If you have already paid the school fee ...
 

Matthew Wai

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2013
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
I hope it is allowable to suggest a different word.
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
A deposit is fixed sum of money usually made as a security, such as a deposit for the use of a library.

I would say: you pay (not deposit) your school fees, fully or partially in instalments.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Here's one: Please deposit your school fees in the box in the reception area.
 

Matthew Wai

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2013
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
I would simply use 'put' instead of 'deposit' there.
 

GoesStation

No Longer With Us
Joined
Dec 22, 2015
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
I wouldn't be surprised to see "deposit" used in that sentence in a school newsletter, for example.
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
You pay the school a fee. I assume you give somebody a check. Where does the word "deposit" come in?
 
Top