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    pro bono v. volunteer v. unpaid

    I would like to ask you these words: pro bono, volunteer and unpaid.

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    1a. A volunteer fire department. (original one)

    Instead of 1a which of the following can we use?

    2a. A unpaid fire department.

    3a. A pro bono fire departmen.

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    Re: pro bono v. volunteer v. unpaid

    Although "pro bono" means "working for free", it is used almost exclusively to refer to people doing legal work for clients without charging them so 3a doesn't work.

    I wouldn't use "unpaid fire department" because it's not the department that's paid normally anyway. It's the firefighters. I would call them either "volunteer firefighters" or "unpaid firefighters" but the original is much more natural and common.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: pro bono v. volunteer v. unpaid

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Although "pro bono" means "working for free", it is used almost exclusively to refer to people doing legal work for clients without charging them so 3a doesn't work.

    I wouldn't use "unpaid fire department" because it's not the department that's paid normally anyway. It's the firefighters. I would call them either "volunteer firefighters" or "unpaid firefighters" but the original is much more natural and common.
    By "the original is much more", do you mean "volunteer firefighters" or "volunteer fire department"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: pro bono v. volunteer v. unpaid

    A volunteer fire department. (original one)
    I am not a teacher.

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