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to pay attention? to pay a vist?

What about payed[edit]

Is there a case when "payed" is the more commonly used past participle?

I'm not a native speaker and confused: the page for paid says it is both simple past and past participle while the page for payed says it is archaic for both simple past and past participle. This is more in line with my experiences and I think this page should be corrected, but I'm not bold enough. -- 23:57, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
You are correct, both should be paid in standard usage. —Stephen 07:59, 22 October 2007 (UTC)


Isn't [pej] one of the variants? I imagine since since [j] is closely related to [i], that the [I] sound would be inadvertently produced as a result. John Riemann Soong 16:35, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Pay etymology[edit]

I think that connection between Pay/Payer/Paier with Pacare is incorrect.

In my opinion (I deal with etymologies many years) Pay/Payer/Paier is related to Polish Płacić (to Pay) and Spanish Plata (Silver) and so on. Y and L/Ł are really often interchangable. Płacić and Plata are related to the word Flat (to pay with flat thing like a coin or piece of fur).

Is there any proof that Pay and Pacare are related?