Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)
Collocations are words that usually go together in English.
Here we are going to look at words that go with 'pay' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.
When you 'pay someone back', it can mean to return a favour. When you experience 'payback', you get something in return. This can mean either a positive or negative outcome.
Pay a visit to
When you go to the place someone lives or works, or where you know they are, you 'pay them a visit'.
Pay the price
When you 'pay the price' it means to experience the repercussions of bad decisions. It's similar to 'payback'.
Pay by credit card/Pay in cash
When you are buying something in a shop or supermarket, you will often hear the cashier ask, "Would you like to pay in cash or by credit card?" You can say, "Would you like to pay by cash?", but not in credit card. Only "by credit card" is correct.
Q: How would you like to pay?
A: I'd like to pay €30 in cash, and the rest by credit card.
Pay interest on
When you take out a loan from the bank, you will have to pay interest on your loan.