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23 / 11 / 2004

TO CHARGE: meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we mentioned that direct translations between English and Spanish are not always possible. Another potential problem can be words that have different translations for their different meanings. As an example, we're going to look at the translation of the Spanish verb cobrar and how to use it in English. Today's expression is: to charge a fee for something. It means: to ask someone to pay a sum of money in return for a service or product. The word fee means money. We can also use this expression without the word fee (to charge for something) and it's understood that money is paid. Example 1: Many banks charge a fee for drawing money from a cashpoint (bank machine) or an automated teller machine (ATM). Example 2: I was quite angry when the repairman charged me for a home visit, even though it wasn't necessary to do any repairs. Tomorrow we'll look at another meaning of the verb cobrar. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!