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Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 3:49:47 PM
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I found a job.
How is the pay?

Correct?

Advice and classroom hints are one thing, grammar rules are another. Michael Lewis (1986)
RuthP
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 9:12:29 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
I found a job.
How is the pay?

Correct?

Yes, or "How does it pay?"

Do be a little cautious with this in conversation. In the U.S., at least, one does not ask people what they earn unless they are family or very close friends.
palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 10:43:29 PM

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RuthP wrote:
Atatürk wrote:
I found a job.
How is the pay?

Correct?

Yes, or "How does it pay?"

Do be a little cautious with this in conversation. In the U.S., at least, one does not ask people what they earn unless they are family or very close friends.


True, but asking whether the job pays well is different from asking how much the person receives from it.
palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 10:49:50 PM

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By the way, I love the name of your city! Drool
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 5:18:12 AM
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It's still not something we'd enquire about. We might say "Better conditions?" "Are you liking it?" "Is it less stressfull?" - primary reasons for changing jobs. But, unless it were a good friend, it would be considered gauche to ask about another person's money.
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:05:59 PM

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palapaguy wrote:
RuthP wrote:
Atatürk wrote:
I found a job.
How is the pay?

Correct?

Yes, or "How does it pay?"

Do be a little cautious with this in conversation. In the U.S., at least, one does not ask people what they earn unless they are family or very close friends.


True, but asking whether the job pays well is different from asking how much the person receives from it.

Correct, but the phrasing: "Does it pay well?" may be better received. The passive phrasing helps remove it from the concept of personal pay.

Note that neither is likely to get you a dollar answer. The most likely answer would just be "Yes" (and that might or might not be true). The thing is, this question comes--for an American--perilously close to asking how much the individual earns. That is one of the most impolite topics one can imagine here. The genesis of that dislike is not at all clear, but there you are: it is what it is.

If one is actually interested in specifically how well a job pays, one may reasonably ask about the pay range for the position. This safely removes the topic from how much the individual is being paid.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:17:51 PM
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Ruth - do you think it may have originally started as something picked up from the early English colonists, perhaps?

In UK it is "breeding", not money, which makes an "elite" - a person would earn respect for their family name rather than their bank account. Perhaps this view influenced the convention of not asking a person about money in the New Colonies?

Just a thought.
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