Author Topic: How about the money from when you got a regular job?  (Read 6064 times)

hidehoida

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How about the money from when you got a regular job?
« on: September 13, 2013, 09:22:12 am »
Is the following sentence correct?

How about the money from when you got a regular job?

I think the following sentence is better:

How about the money you have got since you got a regular job?

I would like to have some opinion from someone.  Thanks in advance.  Hideho

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Re: How about the money from when you got a regular job?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 10:50:40 am »
The two sentences have different meanings and your phrase "when you got a regular job" is colloquial (it should be "when you have got a regular job"). The problem is, it doesn't make sense. Two alternatives:
 
How about the money from when you had a regular job? (Implies that the person may have money but doesn't have a regular job now.)
 
How about the money you have got since you have a regular job? (Means "what did you do with the money you've earned since you started on that job".)



If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: How about the money from when you got a regular job?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 03:01:09 am »
Dear Britta,

Many thanks for your reply.  I am very surprised to learn that the two sentences have a different nuance.  I appreciate your explanation very much.  Thank you again.  Hideho