What's more idiomatic* * in context of rent, to **pay the rent or give the rent?

Example: Jon rents an appartment and he wants to say (to) his homeowner that he'll pay or give the monthly rent earlier this month.

Hello Mr. Boris, It is Jon. I wanted to inform you that this month I'm going to pay / to give the rent earlier, becaause I'll not be in the city on the fixed date (by fixed day I mean to the date that every month I should pay him.)

What's more idiomatic in rent? (Pay or give the rent) ent? (Pay or give the rent)

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Certainly you "pay" rent, usually each month, but there may be situations where "give" works, particularly to describe when you physically hand the rent to your landlord/landlady.

Hi Mrs Goodwin, I'm sorry I haven't given you the rent for this month, I should have it by the end of the day.

In the context of your example, "pay" works better.

Side note: You may have noticed that sometimes we say "pay rent" and other times "pay the rent". When speaking in general about the requirement to pay a regular amount to live somewhere, use "pay rent"

This is the year I'm going to buy a house. I hate having to pay rent.

When talking about a specific case where you have to pay some amount, use "pay the rent".

I really like the new management company for my condo, they let me pay the rent online so I never have to write another cheque. I can even schedule paying the rent in advance.


Definitely "pay the rent". See this ngram as evidence.

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