官方APP下载:英语学习播客(支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号(英语全能特训)
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

Ask a Teacher - Buy and Pay

作者:Alice Bryant 发布日期:4-10-2021

This week on Ask a Teacher, we answer a request from a reader in Guinea. Here is the request:

Question:

Dear VOA, I'm Adama from Enta in Guinea. I would like to know the difference between "buy" and "pay." Thanks for your service!

-Adama, Guinea

Answer:

Hello Adama, we are happy to be of service.

I'm also glad that you asked about "buy" and "pay." As a native English speaker, I had never thought about the difference. Because of your question, I learned something new!

Buy vs. pay

Here is what I learned: We can use "buy" or "pay" to talk about using money, but each word has a different focus. The verb "buy" means to get something by paying for it. The verb "pay" means to give money in exchange for goods or services.

Listen to these examples and think about the difference between the two words:

I just bought a used motorbike.
I paid $900 for the motorbike.

The musician bought a Mexican guitar.
She paid for the guitar with her credit card.

Is he going to buy us lunch?
Is he going to pay our bill?

Did you catch the difference? The verb "buy" puts the focus on the thing you are purchasing. The verb "pay" brings attention to the money that is being exchanged. "Pay" can also bring attention to the process. For example, the musician used a credit card to purchase the guitar.

Pay for vs. pay

You may have also noticed that the preposition "for" can appear after the verb "pay." We say "pay for" to talk about a thing or event we give money for and receive at the same time.

But when we use "pay" (without "for"), we are talking about the person or thing we are giving money to. You can pay a person, for example. Or you can pay a bill for goods or services that you already received.

And that's Ask a Teacher for this week.

I'm Alice Bryant.

Alice Bryant wrote this story for Learning English. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor.

Words in This Story

glad –adj. feeling pleasure, joy or happiness

focus –n. a main purpose or interest

guitar –n. a musical instrument usually with six strings that is held against the body and played with the fingers or with a pick

bill –n. a document that states how much you owe for a good or service

版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台