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Don't be mad; Jason said he would pay Emotion: money for the broken vase.

Hi,

Could I put "money" in between "pay for" without making a change in meaning? Thanks.
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AngliholicCould I put "money" in between "pay for" without making a change in meaning?
You could, but even though the meaning would not change, the result would be completely unidiomatic. You'd have to search far and wide to find a native speaker who would say pay money. The meaning of the verb pay automatically includes the idea of money.
CJ
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You might say "pay cash." In certain situations (although this broken vase scenario does not sound like one of them) it is an advantage to be paid in cash, rather than with a credit card or check, because the money need not be reported as taxable income. Also, cash money is immediately accessible and hassle-free. For example, you drive a vintage car. Someone who is an avid collector of that kind of car sees you getting out of it and says, "I'll pay you ten thousand bucks for that car right now. Cash."
If you are paying in something other than money, that must be specified, since as CalifJim says money is the "default" for "to pay." "I get out my rototiller and turn the soil for old Miz Cooper every spring. She pays me later on in all tomatoes, peppers and eggplant I can eat."