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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    salary X wage

    My salary is/wages are paid into my bank account every month.

    "salary is" is the right one (not "wages are"). I just wonder what the difference between "salary" and "wage(s)" is. It appears to me to be the same...

    Could you explain it and correct my English, please?


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    Re: salary X wage

    wage

    • noun (also wages) 1 a fixed regular payment for work, typically paid on a daily or weekly basis. 2 the result or effect of doing something wrong or unwise: the wages of sin.

    salary

    • noun (pl. salaries) a fixed regular payment made by an employer to an employee, especially a professional or white-collar worker.

    — ORIGIN Latin salarium, originally denoting a Roman soldier’s allowance to buy salt, from sal ‘salt’.

    In the UK a salary is interpreted as an annual sum, paid in monthly instalments.

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    Re: salary X wage

    ... so it comes down to class. Both are regular payments for work. But wages are paid weekly, often in a brown envelope, and until 20/30 years ago paid in cash - to a manual worker. Professionals are paid a salary, paid monthly by bank transfer.

    It's interesting that a salary is always singular, except in pay negotiations; a union might seek 'an increase in salaries'. Wages, on the other hand, are usually plural (even when referring to only one week's wages), except in pay negotiations; a union might complain that their workers don't get 'a living wage'. I have no idea why this should be, except that there is one salary per year, as opposed to 52 pay packets (for a wage-earner).

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    Last edited by BobK; 08-Dec-2006 at 10:32. Reason: Fix typo

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    Re: salary X wage

    thanks for your answer

  4. Lenka's Avatar

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    Re: salary X wage

    Aha!! Now I understand! The reason why in the sentence My salary is/wages are paid into my bank account every month. only the first example is correct, is the fact that wages can't be paid monthly!
    Thank you very much!

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