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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
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 17:20
  • Which payment method do you prefer? Anything but a chirpy "And how will you be paying today?"
    – KarlG
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 17:20
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    What kind of restaurant? 5 star or McDonald's? If the latter, "cash or charge" should work. Commented Jan 8, 2018 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
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 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. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 19:32

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"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.

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  • "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
    Commented Jan 10, 2018 at 8:14
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You could just say "How would you like to pay sir/madam?"

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