Hi Teachers,

According to this sentence:

He never earned more than $75 a week.

Can I use these two synonyms to explain the underlined verb?

a) He never gained more than $75 a week.

b) He never made more than $75 a week.

Thanks in advance
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Hi,

'Gained' is not really natural.

'Made' is the most common term.

Clive
Hi Clive,

Ok it may not be natural. But to understand the word 'earn', it helps. Though I tell the students that they should only use 'earn' or 'made' when they talk about what someone recieves in return for their work.

Can I use it then?
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Hi,

Sure, if you want to.

You might also consider 'received' or 'got'.

Clive
Hi Clive,

Thank you for the reply and extra information. Emotion: smile

Best regards.

TS
Thinking SpainBut to understand the word 'earn', it helps. ...
Can I use it then?
Are you coddling your students with cognates? Emotion: surprise

CJ
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Hi Jim

Yes, I am coddling them. Is it horrible?Emotion: sweating

They have previously read a short story. This stor has a few new words. One of the is 'earn'.

The exercise is like this:


3.-

He never earned more than £75 a week.



Word class: verb. / Tense: Simple Past (R). Simple Present: earn.

a.

gained

b.

made

c.

both a and b


TS
Thinking SpainYes, I am coddling them. Is it horrible? Emotion: sweating
Yes! Emotion: big smile

I'm not sure you can call it a synonym when a native speaker would not find it a natural substitute. A native speaker would not say He never gained more than £75 a week - not the ones I know anyway.

earned, made, brought home, got, was paid, netted, pulled down (slang), yes, but not gained.

But if you take a looser view of what a synonym is, you can get away with it. Emotion: wink

CJ
Hi Jim,

But if you take a looser view of what a synonym is, you can get away with it.

Menos mal.

What about, 'recieved in return for their work'?

I guess it is a good one.Emotion: geeked

Best regards

TS
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