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    "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    What is the difference between "paying job" and "paid job"?

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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    What is the difference between "paying job" The person gets paid for working.

    "paid job" Without context, this term has no clear meaning.

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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    I suppose a paid job could be a job I had gotten paid for. A paying job is, as noted earlier, a job that you work at for pay.

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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    I haven't heard of this usage before. Usually it is salaried job or voluntary job.

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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    To me, paid job sounds like a one-off, like a translation for which you get a negotiated amount, while paying job sounds like something ongoing.

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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    For example;

    I am a person with a paying job. (=I am an employer)
    I am a person with a paid job. (=I am an employee)

    Am I right? (if the sentences above are correct)

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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    For example;

    I am a person with a paying job. (=I am an employer)
    I am a person with a paid job. (=I am an employee)

    Am I right? (if the sentences above are correct)
    No, that's not right at all.
    I can see why you would think that - I am worrying you = I am causing you sorry/I am worrired = I am the person who is experiencing worry.
    But this does not translate to this.

    I have a paying job = I receive money for my work. It's not volunteer work. It's not an unpaid internship. The job [the employer] is paying me money to do this work.

    As you have seen in this thread, "I have a paid job" is not natural.

    On the other hand, for my writing, sometimes I do things for people just to help them, not for money. It's possible that I may have a conversation like this:
    A: What did you do last night?
    me: I was working on a writing project.
    A: Oh, helping someone out again?
    me: No, it was a paid job. A little one, only $50, but worth the time spent.
    *** It would be just as natural to say "It was a paying job" but as it was a one-time, quick job, "paid" works here for me. **
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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    For example;

    I am a person with a paying job. (=I am an employer)
    I am a person with a paid job. (=I am an employee)

    Am I right? (if the sentences above are correct)
    Below is what makes me think like that:

    Scene 1:
    A: I'm Rogers Brackett.
    B: Oh, God. The director?
    A: A mutual friend tells me that you're enormously talented.
    B: Yeah, I guess.
    A: I know of something that you just might be right for. A TV drama. It's a very good role. So... would you like to audition?
    B: Yeah, sure.
    A:There's a party at my place tonight. How would you feel about stopping by? We could chat about the project. There'll be some interesting men there.
    B: Yeah, that sounds like a ball.
    A: Here's my card. Why don't you come by late? Say midnight?
    B: Yeah, midnight. That... Perfect.
    A: Good. See you later.
    B: Right on.
    C: That man's a class-A faygalah, you know that, right?
    B: Yeah, the man's a class-A faygalah with a paying job.

    Scene 2:
    C: Raise your glasses. I'd like to make a toast to James Dean who's just achieved what we all aspire to. Paid work!

    It should've be "paid work". My mistake. Sorry about that. And I know I'm asking too many questions. Please make allowance for my being a non-native speaker.

    My question is in a context such as this does "paying job & paid work" have anything to do with "steady job & one-time job for money"? I mean, can we say paying job refers to being a director and paid work to one-time acting in a TV drama.
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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    My question is in a context such as this does "paying job & paid work" have anything to do with "steady job & one-time job for money"? I mean, can we say paying job refers to being a director and paid work to one-time acting in a TV drama.
    Well, a director gets paid for each project (each movie he or she directs), so I don't know if that is an apt comparison. However, it is certainly true that a "big time" director can count on work more so than an aspiring actor (somebody who is looking for his or her first job).


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    Re: "paying job" vs. "paid job"

    Okay, in that case, you can say "he has a paying job" to mean "He is in a position to offer someone else employment." He is "in possession" of a paying job that he can give someone else.

    But that's not a very common way to use the phrase.
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