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    #1

    "... but he's paid a pittance."



    "He works hard but he's paid a pittance."
    pittance noun - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online


    Is this sentence wordy? Can I drop "He is?" Then I would write - He works hard but paid a pittance.


    During speech, I can't gather my thoughts. Thus, I want to shorten this sentence in order to use it whenever it is necessary.

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    #2

    Re: "... but he's paid a pittance."

    You cannot omit "is" since "to be paid" is a passive voice word combination.

    He works hard but is paid a pittance.

    I believe you can drop "he" here.

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    #3

    Re: "... but he's paid a pittance."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    "He works hard but he's paid a pittance."

    Is this sentence wordy?

    I don't really think we can call a sentence with two clauses containing nine words 'wordy'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 07-Mar-2013 at 12:26. Reason: typo

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    Re: "... but he's paid a pittance."

    He works hard for a pittance has a broadly similar meaning and does it with six words, but I agree with 5jj that nine isn't wordy here.

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