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How to Conjugate Pay Back
- Infinitive: Pay Back
- Present Tense: Pay Back/ Pays Back
- -ing Form: Paying Back
- Past Tense: Paid Back
- Past Participle: Paid Back
Definitions of Pay Back:
1. When you return money that you owe someone.
Examples: Can you pay me back the $1,000 you owe me?
When I got the loan, I didn’t think about paying it back.
2. An action meant to reciprocate or revenge a past action taken by someone else.
Examples: When Jane’s parents banned her from using Facebook, she paid them back by dyeing her hair green.
James volunteers at a homeless shelter as a way of paying back the community for the help he got as a child.
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