You've eaten out at a restaurant with a group of friends and are now paying the check. You leave $15 as a tip but your friend says that it's too much. You say this because you want to leave a little extra.
I like to leave a generous tip.
When you say "I like to ___", you're describing something that you usually do, or usually try to do. In the example above, the speaker is saying that he or she usually leaves a higher tip than is needed.
The most common verb to use with "tip" when you're at a restaurant is "leave", not "pay":
Did you leave a tip?
How much did you leave?
You use "leave" because the normal way of giving a waiter a tip is to leave the money on the table when you leave the restaurant. In other situations, like when you are tipping a taxi driver, you "give" instead:
I gave him a five dollar tip.
A "generous" person is one who gives things to other people freely. So you can call a person "generous". But you can also use "generous" to describe the things that a person freely gave to someone. Some common words that are used with "generous" are:
- a generous gift
- a generous tip
- a generous offer
- a generous amount of money
- someone's generous support
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