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Dear Ted:

Is it "the payment OF something" or "the payment ON something"?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is it "the payment OF something" or "the payment ON something"?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use each of them?

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PAYMENT OF -- Usually means that you pay in FULL the amount you owe.

I made the payment OF the money I had borrowed from the bank.

For a payment OF $100, the restaurant will deliver to my house a complete dinner for four people.

PAYMENT ON -- Usually suggests that you are making a PARTIAL payment of an obligation.

I made the first payment ON my new car.  I have 23 payments to go.

Jack could not pay his entire telephone bill, but he was able to make a payment ON part of it.

Ted

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