pay a <part> of compensation

Jin akashini

Senior Member
Hi every one,

I want to ask you whether my sentence sounds natural or not ?

The context is : Contractors have to pay 10 000 USD for crops and trees of some households affected by their construction. The deadline for full compensation payment is December 30. However, on November 30, contractors pay 2 000 USD to affected households in advance in order to speed up construction progress.

Can I write " Contractors pay a part of compensation to affected households in advance". Can I use the word " a part" (2000 USD) in this sentence ? Is it natural ?

Thanks and best regards,
  • trèsbébête

    New Member
    English - USA
    I think in this instance "a portion" sounds better than "a part." It's the phrasing commonly used in the context of money, i.e. "a portion of the proceedings," "a portion of the family's income," etc.


    American English
    You could say that they paid a part/portion in advance. It makes sense.

    Why do you want to use "pay"? I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say.