You can pay the fees now; otherwise, you can pay it tomorrow.

Can I use "it" to refer the plural noun "the fees"?

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"...pay them tomorrow." Fees is countable and so, needs a plural pronoun.

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    are you suggesting that using 'it' in this context is incorrect?
    – Varun Nair
    Jan 24, 2017 at 10:41
  • @VarunKN, Yes, I am. It might be used colloquially and idiomatically, but grammatically, it's not correct. Jan 24, 2017 at 10:42
  • As an aside, in your original sentence, I would have said, "You can pay the fees now or (you can pay them) tomorrow." I would not have used "otherwise" in the way that you had. "Otherwise" implies "or else," but here, you're just offering the person a choice, not giving them an ultimatum. Jan 24, 2017 at 11:08
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    Another note, if referring to only one fee You can pay the fee now, otherwise you can pay it tomorrow would be correct. I'm sure this seems obvious but someone may miss it. Jan 27, 2017 at 15:35
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    @MichaelCurry Good catch! Jan 28, 2017 at 2:33

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