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    Smile Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.



    Do all of the words between slashes work with the above sample and mean about the same? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    I would not use the first two with 'job'.

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    Smile Re: Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would not use the first two with 'job'.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    But I hate to tell you that the original uses "stable," and I feel the same with you.

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    Default Re: Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    I don't like 'stable' much for the job; I'd use it more for the person and if they have held a steady job for 12 years, I doubt that I would be commenting much on their stability.

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    Smile Re: Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I don't like 'stable' much for the job; I'd use it more for the person and if they have held a steady job for 12 years, I doubt that I would be commenting much on their stability.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    But I'm not so sure what you meant by the bolded part. Would you shed more light? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    To me stable is to do with someone's control of their emotions, depression, etc.

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    Smile Re: Mark has had a stable/firm/steady/regular job for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    To me stable is to do with someone's control of their emotions, depression, etc.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    Got it!

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