As I work in restaurant, which one sounds better when asking what method do they like to pay ? " how would you like to make a payment?" Or " how would you like to pay for?( to pay or pay for)" For me the former sounds more formal doesn't it? Need anyone helps!

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    'How would you like to pay ?' was the wording I used to use when I worked in retail. – user63615 Jan 8 '18 at 17:20
  • Which payment method do you prefer? Anything but a chirpy "And how will you be paying today?" – KarlG Jan 8 '18 at 17:20
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    What kind of restaurant? 5 star or McDonald's? If the latter, "cash or charge" should work. – Cascabel Jan 8 '18 at 17:30
  • @Cascabel Offtopic, but is the Forbes rating really that much used in the US, or is the "five star restaurant" thing just something that people use because of the standard international 5-star based hotel rating system? As a European, I am used to the Michelin rating which certainly doesn't go further than 3 stars. – oerkelens Jan 8 '18 at 18:04
  • @oerkelens Sorry, but I live in a third world country (Guatemala). Really have no idea. In my country, MacDonald's is a career. We really need a lot more context in this question. – Cascabel Jan 8 '18 at 19:32

"How would you like to make a payment?" most certainly sounds more formal, you're correct! "How would you like to pay?" also works if you're trying to sound more casual.

  • "How would you like to make a payment?" sounds detached, almost cold. It isn't incorrect, just maybe something you'd expect to see written on a website or hear in an automated message recording. I agree, it would probably be better to use the latter. – Neil Jan 10 '18 at 8:14

You could just say "How would you like to pay sir/madam?"

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