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Re: Well paying jobs

Posted by RRC on January 25, 2010 at 06:50

In Reply to: Re: Well paying jobs posted by David FG on January 24, 2010 at 15:50:

: : The American Petroleum Institute (API) has a series of television ads where the spokesperson talks about "well paying jobs." See http://www.api.org/aboutapi/ads/ To my ear that phrase sounds incorrect. "Good paying jobs" sounds correct. Recently U.S. President Obama used "well paying jobs" in a televised speech. Anyone have any comments?

: Neither sounds quite right to me. I would say 'well-paid jobs'.

: DFG

To a grammar stickler, "good paying jobs" can only be good jobs that also happen to pay (unlike good non-paying jobs) since good is an adjective it must modify jobs and not paying. Well-paid jobs sound like they're over and done with to me. I did the job and was well paid. Now what am I going to do next week?