Hello, I would like to know if there is any rule when to use e.g. "Pay TO him" and when "Pay him" (=give him the money). Are both possibilities correct? Is there any difference between them (style, meaning?)? Or it completely doesn't matter which possibility I choose?
Thank you!
Lucie, Amandine,

I'd say the first is much, much more often used.

Hi Lucie

you pay someone (for something): I paid him 400 bucks (for repairing the car)
you pay something to someone: I paid 400 bucks to him for repairing the car
both are correct and have the same meaning, but i'd say the first one is more often used.
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I paid him 400 bucks.
I paid 400 bucks to him.

"Him" is indirect object. When it follows the verb, you don't use "to". When you put the direct object first (400 bucks), you use "to" before the indirect object.
Good point, Miche, as there are plenty of verbs that are concerned with the query as the guest raised.
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