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Please tell me the synonymous phrases for the following one:

economically disadvantaged students

Is economically depressed students a synonymous phrase to the above one?
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It simply means "poor."

They may come from an economically depressed area, but they are not economically depressed themselves.
How about students from less affluent backgrounds?
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LRR, it's darn good to see you again!

I think "economically disadvantaged" is a lower economic status than "less affluent."

Middle class is less affluent, but lower class is disadvantaged, in my opinion.
Ta, missus! I've been in offline suspended animation for an age!

Yes, you're right about that subtle difference. Am I just being too English in being a bit uncomfortable with 'poor'?


Ta, missus! I've been in offline suspended animation for an age!1

Yes, you're right about that subtle difference. Am I just being too English in being a bit uncomfortable with 'poor'?2

1: What does ''I've been in...'' mean?

2: If in is removed from the sentence ''Am I just being...'', then in what way that would affect the meaning of that sentence?
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1. Suspended animation is what happens in science-fiction films when a person is frozen in time, alive but unable to communicate. I've been without the internet for six weeks - and so offline. 'For an age' is just a colloquial way of saying 'for a long time'. I meant "I have not been able to use the internet for a long time".

2. You'd have two "being"s very close together then. I wrote the sentence in haste, and if I were editing it for the future, I would probably rephrase this.
Thanks for explanation, LRR.
No, LRR, you're not being too English. No one likes using the word "poor," which is why people come up with silly euphamisms in the first place. But sometimes it's easier to just use simple words, isn't it?

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