a non-refundable deposit

A "deposit" is some money that you pay at first when you're reserving something. You might need to pay a "deposit" in situations like:

  • when renting a car
  • when signing up for classes
  • when renting an apartment

You can express the amount of a deposit like this:

a $400 deposit 

a 10% deposit

Sometimes a deposit is "non-refundable". This means that you can't get the deposit back after you've paid it.

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