• Pay Back – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Pay Back

    Infinitive form: Pay Back

    Present Tense: Pay Back/ Pays Back

    ing form: Paying Back

    Past tense: Paid Back

    Past Participle: Paid Back


    Pay Back is an inseparable English phrasal verb. It can be used in two different ways:


    When you give back the money that you owe from someone

    1. Can you pay me back the $1,000 you owe? I need to it to pay someone back as well.

    2. If you let her borrow some money from you, you might as well consider it a charity since she never pays back. Believe me, I learn from experience; she never paid me back once.


    When you do something back to people because of what they did to you whether directly or indirectly

    1.  James planted a bomb at Jake’s house to pay him back for ruining his life through social media.

    2. Susan slipped on a banana peel in her workplace. She wants the janitor to pay her back and it just so happened that she is the boss, so she fired the janitor.


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    Exercises: Write your answers in comments and we will correct them.


    I have a problem. There’s a man in my office with a gun who says that he’s going to kill me if we don’t ___ him ___.

    How much do they owe Porter (Mel Gibson)?

    What will Porter do if he doesn’t get paid back?

    How much is the man’s (white) suit worth? (Provide an estimate)


    Fill in the gaps from the video above:


    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Pay Back.

    1. I’ll lend you some money, as long as you promise to ___ me ___ on the day you said you will.

    2. It’s a good thing that the Smiths didn’t make us ____ them ____ for breaking their window.

    3. Dad got ___ ____ today. Now, it would be a great time to ask him for our allowance.

    4. Can you at least ____ me ____ half of what you owe? If not, I’ll make you ____ ____ in some other way!

    5. Tess is a vengeful woman and wants her ex husband to ____ her ____ for cheating on her.


    Change the example sentences above to negative sentences (or positive, at if the sentence is already negative). Then change them to questions.

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