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Valjean can find/get/have no work because he has a criminanl past/record.

Do all of the bolded words convey a similar idea in the above?

Are "a criminal past" and "a criminal record" all but identical in meaning? Thanks.
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Hi,

Valjean can find/get/have no work because he has a criminanl past/record.

Do all of the bolded words convey a similar idea in the above? 'Find' and 'get' are very similar here, in the sense of 'obtain'. 'Have' in the sense of 'possess' is not suitable.

First, you find or get a job. After that, you have it.

Are "a criminal past" and "a criminal record" all but identical in meaning? Loosely speaking, yes.

But if you commit a crime, you have a criminal past even if you are never convicted.

You only have a record if you are convicted.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks, Clive.