There a couple of words concerning payment. In which case which word do we use to pay?

  • Fine
  • Fee
  • Fare
  • Tip
  • Bribery
  • Commision
  • Salary
  • Wage
  • Loan
  • Charge
  • Tax

As far as I know. 'Tip' is for those who serve you in a restaurant, 'Loan' is something a bank gives you, 'Salary' is what we give at work to the workers, 'Bribery' is when we want to hood a crime. What about the others?

  • None of them means "to pay". – Mick Dec 13 '16 at 6:21
  • They are pretty straightforward and distinct terms - have you consulted a dictionary? – mike Dec 13 '16 at 6:23
  • @Mike Yes, but it's not exactly said where you use a commision and where you use a fee for instance. Or what the difference between a charge and fine is. – SovereignSun Dec 13 '16 at 6:41
  • A charge is any kind of request for payment. I can't really go through them all. As @mike says, they are all dictionary words. – Mick Dec 13 '16 at 6:58


Money paid as a result of punishment given because of a mistake/crime.


Money paid for a service, like in educational and governmental institutions.


Money paid to the owner of the vehicle which you used for locomotion.


Money paid as a result of satisfaction received from a service. Note that this is above the bill (or fee) for the actual service.


Money paid to influence an official (usually someone holding an office of power) to do something out of the book.


Money earned by promoting or generating sales for a product/service owned by someone else.


Money given by the employer to his/her employee for discharging his/her duties as laid out in the contract letter. This is mostly paid out on a monthly basis.


Same as salary, but paid on a daily basis.


Money given to someone in need, and taken back along with specified interest in a specified amount of time.


Money asked by a service provider in exchange for his/her services. Note that 'fee' is the term used by the service receiver.


Money paid by citizens/businesses to the Government.

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  • There's a difference between salary and wages, plus cultural differences. In the US, a salary is a fixed amount paid monthly, regardless of the number of hours you have worked (i.e. no paid overtime). In the UK, salary tends used for white-collar workers, while wages is used more for manual laborers. – Hobbes Dec 13 '16 at 8:51

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