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An example use of pay in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… and we had to pay people to do what …”
Pay means to give money in return for work or goods.
the word pay occurs in english on average 159.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that pay can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) people, society, and culture;