Julia and Sammy enjoy their meal, but there's a problem. How is Sammy going to pay for it?



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Beginner: A1
Elementary: A2


The last time was in a café where i used to go to lunch frequently. Fortunately they trusted me and I payed the nex day.

yes, I felt so embrassed but my friend paid the bill

Dear Tutor,

I wa wondering whether you could shed light on the following; In the transcript Sammy says: " Can I pay with debit card?" . In my humble opinion, it should be " Pay by debit card." My deepest apologies should I be wrong.

Kindest regards,

José Luis

Hello José Luis,

You could certainly say 'pay by credit card', but 'pay with credit card' is also correct. Both are commonly used.

Please don't apologise! We're happy to help you with your questions.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,

Many thanks for your feedback.

warm regards,

José Luis

I always expect my monthly budget, so when I come in a shop or a cafe, I always know how much money I can spend. When I do shopping I calculate inwardly costs of all things I'm going to buy, so I keep to my shopping budget.

Oh dear, very embarresing, i hope i would not happen to me ever.

Dear tutor.
I´ve a doubt about use of these expressions: I´d like a chicken soup // I´ll have a lasagna.
When is it right to use each one? I´d like, or I´ll have

Hello japgu,

When you are placing an order in a restaurant you can use either and there is no dfference in meaning.

Outside of this particular context, 'I'd like' describes your desire, whereas 'I'll have' is an explicit choice. We can use 'I'd like' to describe things that are only dreams, such as 'I'd like to be able to fly'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It's embarrassing but It has never happened to me.