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    Dear teachers,

    Do you say: "he lives beyond / above (both?) his means" ?

    "he lives / is (?) at the bottom of society" (correct?)

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Do you say: "he lives beyond / above (both?) his means"?
    I have heard both.
    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    "he lives / is (?) at the bottom of society" (correct?)
    I'm not familiar with the underlined part, but if I had to choose which verb goes best with it I'd pick...both.


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    Re: live

    Thanks Casiopea

    What about "he lives at the bottom HALF of society" ??

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    Re: live

    'in the bottom half of'; use 'in' with any expression of position within a range - in the top half of, in the third percentile...

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    Using the verb 'live' seems to me to put the emphasis on the physical details - he sleeps rough, has a dog that he keeps on a rope/string/cord instead of a lead, smokes roll-ups...

    If the context is just statistics, I'd use 'is'.
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    Re: live

    Hello Bob,

    Does "to live in the bottom half of society" mean that the person is poor?
    Have a nice weekend.

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    Re: live

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Hello Bob,

    Does "to live in the bottom half of society" mean that the person is poor?
    Have a nice weekend.
    Not necessarily; my imagination was running away with me when I described the poor man - but the point remains, that the verb 'live' puts the emphasis on the details of the lifestyle. Someone at the top of the bottom half might have quite a reasonable income.

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    I'm confused! What's the meaning of "to live at / in (?) the bottom half of society"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    I'm confused! What's the meaning of "to live at / in (?) the bottom half of society"?
    There are more people better off than worse off.

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    So would the sentence (if it's correct) "he lives at the bottom of society" mean that there's almost no-one worse off than him ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    So would the sentence (if it's correct) "he lives at the bottom of society" mean that there's almost no-one worse off than him ?


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