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    a well-paying job

    We often talk about 'a well-paid job/ driver etc'. But I read such a sentence: 'It's hard to find a steady, well-paying job.' in the entry of 'steady' in the 4th edition of LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH.

    Is 'a well-paying job' a correct expression or is it a typo in the dictionary?

    I searched the reference.com web and got nearly as many of each of the expressions.

    Thank you.
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    Re: a well-paying job

    Uhm, seems strange. Oxford does has slight mistakes, so let me know if others can find the answer.

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    Re: a well-paying job

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    We often talk about 'a well-paid job/ driver etc'. But I read such a sentence: 'It's hard to find a steady, well-paying job.' in the entry of 'steady' in the 4th edition of LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH.

    Is 'a well-paying job' a correct expression or is it a typo in the dictionary?

    I searched on the reference.com web and got nearly as many of each of the expressions.

    Thank you.
    It's not a mistake; you can use either 'it is a well-paid job' or 'it's a well-paying job' - although 'well-paid' is more common. I'd guess that 'well-paying' is a back-formation from the idiom 'it pays well'.

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    Re: a well-paying job

    In Oxford dictionary I only see "well paid" job. Why didn't they take well paying job into the account? Do we have to put a hyphen here?

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    Re: a well-paying job

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    In Oxford dictionary I only see "well paid" job. Why didn't they take well paying job into the account? Do we have to put a hyphen here?
    The hyphen isn't essential. And different dictionaries, published at different times, apply different standards. It's not a question of one version being 'right' and one being 'wrong'.

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