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    #1

    "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    If the following is our original sentences, will the bold sentences both correct?
    The porters are paid the salary. They can't live on it.


    "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    "The porters can't live on the salary that they are paid ."


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    #2

    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    "Salary" is singular. Salary that is paid to them.

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    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Salary" is singular. Salary that is paid to them.
    Oof.I made a mistake.
    Now both of them are correct?
    "The porters can't live on the salary that is paid to them."

    "The porters can't live on the salary that they are paid ."


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    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Oof. [Space] I made a mistake.
    Now Are both of them are correct now?
    "The porters can't live on the salary that is paid to them."

    "The porters can't live on the salary that they are paid ."

    Both blue sentences are correct. The phrase "that is" is optional in the first, and "that" is optional in the second.
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    #5

    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    "The porters can't live on their salary" is sufficient. Or "measly salary," if you want to emphasize that.

    Of course the salary is paid to them. That's what a salary is.

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    #6

    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    You could also say that the porters can't live on what they earn.

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    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    How about "The porters are paid the salary (that) they can't live on"?

    Is it unnatural?

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    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    How about "The porters are paid the salary (that) they can't live on"?

    Is it unnatural?
    Many salaries too low for porters to live on are possible, so you need an indefinite article.
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    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Many salaries too low for porters to live on
    Can't we write?
    Many salaries are too low for porters to live on.
    Your example doesn't make sense to me.

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    Re: "The porters can't live on the salary that are paid to them."

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Many salaries too low for porters to live on are possible, so you need an indefinite article.
    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Can't we write?
    Many salaries are too low for porters to live on.
    Your example doesn't make sense to me.
    Your sentence is correct. My suggestion was, too. I've highlighted the verb in the sentence I proposed. You can simplify my sentence for clarity: Many salaries are possible, so you need an indefinite article.
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