"He pays for the hotel."
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you can't 'omit per' because it isn't part of the verb 'pagare' in the sense of 'to pay for'. 'pago'--i pay for; paghi--you pay for; paga--h/s/i pays for; paghiamo--we pay for; pagate--you all pay for; pagano--they pay for. you should stop thinking that their is a one-to-one correspondence between your language and italian (or any other for that matter). there isn't. "lui paga l'albergo" doesn't mean "he pays the hotel" you're not in a position to tell italians what they mean when they use their language. you will find that they use their language just as consistently as any other language using group. you are the one who is out of step because you don't know how to use italian verbs. you need a source like word reference https://www.wordreference.com/enit/ or a book that lists lots of verbs and their conjugations and gives model sentences to illustrate usage (the big green book of italian verbs). you can tell them what your language means when they use it--at least what it means in the area which you are intimately familiar with.