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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    to support myself (financially) / to provide for myself / for my upkeep

    Hello.

    Which of the three below-mentioned variants is acceptable to you:

    I work to support myself (financially).

    I work to provide for myself.

    I work for my upkeep.

    The meaning that I wanted to express is: I don't need to rely on others to obtain a source of upkeep for me.

    Thank you.

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    English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: to support myself (financially) / to provide for myself / for my upkeep

    The first two are OK. The third is grammatically correct but you won't hear "upkeep" used much these days.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: to support myself (financially) / to provide for myself / for my upkeep

    I'd use number 1.
    I am not a teacher.

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