Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by cat-can, Jul 1, 2007.
What a mess! Could somebody explain when I should use each one?
An invoice is a bill. It is a request for payment.
A bill is something you receive in a restaurant or something sent from a company or an office to an individual person.
An invoice is usually a bill which one company sends to another company. It is a bit more formal.
A bill can have a somewhat negative connotation. Example: I got a bill from from my doctor's office and it was HUGE!
A receipt is a document stating you have paid the bill or invoice.
It is clear now! Is there any other word meaning similar things that could also confuse me some time?
In the United States a bill can also mean a proposed law.
I believe a "bill of sale" is an itemized receipt, but this is a somewhat archaic term not widely used anymore.
A receipt can mean a cooking recipe, but this is an archaic nineteenth century usage you will rarely find anymore.
It was very helpful. Thanks!
Also of note: in restaurants and cafes (and I think only in restaurants and cafes), we refer to the bill or invoice we say the "check". Occasionally in a restaurant we will say "the bill", but usually we say check. And we would never say "the invoice" at restaurant...
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