pay

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Inflections of 'pay' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
pays
v 3rd person singular
paying
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
paid
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (All usages)
payed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Now only for nautical and slackening a rope senses)
paid
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
payed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Now only for nautical and slackening a rope senses)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
pay
The past tense and -ed participle of the verb pay is paid.
If you pay for something which has been done or provided, you give money to the person who does or provides it.
You should be paid for the work you do.
Roberto paid for the tickets.
Be careful
You must use for after pay in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, ‘Roberto paid the tickets’.
Be careful
Don't say ‘pay someone a drink’ or ‘pay someone a meal’. Say that you buy someone a drink or buy someone a meal.
The boss bought us all a drink to celebrate.
Come on, I'll buy you lunch.
You can also say that you take someone out for a meal.
My aunt took me out for dinner on my birthday.
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