This page provides example sentences of the verb "pay" in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.
Base Form pay / Past Simple paid / Past Participle paid / Gerund paying
Jack usually pays by credit card.
Present Simple Passive
The bill is paid at the end of every month.
Tom is paying the bill now.
Present Continuous Passive
The bill is being paid now.
Have you paid the telephone bill yet?
Present Perfect Passive
Has the telephone bill been paid yet?
Present Perfect Continuous
Jill has been paying their bills for years.
Tom paid for the vacation last month.
Past Simple Passive
The vacation was paid for by Tom last month.
She was paying the waiter when the man walked into the restaurant.
Past Continuous Passive
The bill was being paid when the man walked into the restaurant.
Peter had already paid the bill when I offered to get it.
Past Perfect Passive
The bill had already been paid when I offered to get it.
Past Perfect Continuous
She had been paying off all the accounts when her debt was forgiven.
Alice will pay him soon.
Future (will) Passive
He will be paid soon by Alice.
Future (going to)
Alice is going to pay him at the end of the week.
Future (going to) Passive
He is going to be paid at the end of the week.
This time next week we will be paying off all the employees.
He will have been paid over $100,000 by the end of the year.
She might pay for dinner.
If she pays for dinner, we won't eat very much.
If she paid for dinner, we wouldn't eat very much.
Past Unreal Conditional
If she had paid for dinner, we wouldn't have eaten so much.
She must pay all her bills this week.
She can't have paid all her bills last month!
Quiz: Conjugate With Pay
Use the verb "to pay" to conjugate the following sentences. Quiz answers are below. In some cases, more than one answer may be correct.
- The bill _____ at the end of every month.
- Tom _____ for the vacation last month.
- The bill _____ when the man walked into the restaurant.
- Alice _____ him soon. I promise.
- He _____ over $100,000 by the end of the year.
- _____ the telephone bill _____ yet?
- Peter _____ already _____ the bill when I offered to get it.
- If she _____ for dinner, we wouldn't eat very much.
- _____ you p_____ the telephone bill yet?
- He _____ at the end of the week as scheduled.
- is paid
- was being paid
- will pay
- will have been paid
- Has been paid
- had already paid
- is going to be paid