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Fee vs charge

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  1. Red apple

    Red apple New Member

    Vietnamese
    Pls tell me the difference between fee and charge.
    (for exp: the service money we are paid when we have completed the marine survey, is it survey fee or survey charge?)
     
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    The two words are generally synonyms.

    Here's a definition for "fee" from M-W: 3 a : a fixed charge for admission (as to a museum) b : a charge fixed by law or by an institution (as a university) for certain privileges or services <a license fee> <a toll-road fee> <a college-admission fee> <research fees> <laboratory fees> <tuition fees>

    And here's one for "charge": b : the price demanded for a thing or service <a 10-cent admission charge> -- often used in plural <reverse the charges for a telephone call>

    As you can see, both words refer to the money paid for a service. Professionals such as lawyers and doctors generally use the word "fee" to describe the payment they ask for their services. "Charge" sounds less formal and is often applied to small amounts of money paid for a service.
     
  3. Red apple

    Red apple New Member

    Vietnamese
    Thank you very much for your sufficient and meaningful explanation,Owlman5!
     
  4. Hese Senior Member

    German
    Hello Red Apple,

    I would like to add that "fee" is the term used for the money self-employed people earn, that is lawyers or doctors.
     
  5. Red apple

    Red apple New Member

    Vietnamese
    Thanks for your further information, Hese!
     

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