Fee VS Payment

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ccosta
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Fee VS Payment

Post by ccosta » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:23 am

Hello,
I'm an ESL teacher and I recently read the words fee and payment to refer to "a certain amount of money you give to a service" and it's not clear for me what is the difference between them, although I notice they are not used in the same context most of the time.
Can somebody explain it to me?

My best wishes to everyone,
Carol

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Re: Fee VS Payment

Post by Safari » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:04 am

ccosta wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:23 am
Hello,
I'm an ESL teacher and I recently read the words fee and payment to refer to "a certain amount of money you give to a service" and it's not clear for me what is the difference between them, although I notice they are not used in the same context most of the time.
Can somebody explain it to me?

My best wishes to everyone,
Carol
I agree it's little bit confusing. To me...

fee is more like an invoice/charge FROM a supplier

payment is the actual handover of money TO a supplier

Here is my payment for the annual membership fee.

They are faced with legal fees of $10,000 but cannot make a payment until next week.

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Re: Fee VS Payment

Post by patron » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:41 pm

I agree with the first answer. I think in everyday English a fee is a sum of money that someone asks for. e.g a fee to be admitted to the movies.
A payment is , as its name implies, what you pay to get into the movies.

The person asking for money is charging a fee and the person paying the amount is making the payment.
Just to make life confusing the two words are often interchanged.

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