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    well-off / well-to-do

    Hello
    Could you explain the difference between well-off and well-to-do? Both mean wealthy and rich?
    And also there is better-off, is it just for comparing with well-off or.. I'm confused. Like "Those are well-off people but these are better-off"?

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    Re: well-off / well-to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by Etern1ty View Post
    Hello
    Could you explain the difference between well-off and well-to-do? Both mean wealthy and rich?
    And also there is better-off, is it just for comparing with well-off No. or.. I'm confused. Like "Those are well-off people but these are better-off"? This sentence makes sense.

    Thanks in advance.
    Well-off and well-to-do both mean fairly rich.
    Better-off is not used in the manner you´ve suggested, but rather to compare one situation (not necessarily financial) with another or with a previous situation.
    She´s much better-off since she got rid of her husband. (Emotionally or financially.)
    The family is better-off since both children started their new jobs. (Financially, thereby leading to better housing, etc.)
    He´s better-off in his new job. (Better working conditons, shorter commute, nicer boss, etc.)
    The Smiths are better-off than the Browns. (In terms of income, housing, possessions, etc).
    Last edited by riquecohen; 20-Sep-2010 at 13:00.

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