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to work jobs/subsistency(ce) 1. The father worked three jobs to provide for his family’s subsistency. 2. Lincoln worked many different jobs in his early age. 3. Many college students work a part-time job. Are the three sentences above all correct? Is subsistency exactly the same as subsistence? Please see it here: So, it seems that we can type subsistence or subsistency freely? (Because they're the same)
Jan 27, 2016 7:53 AM
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Sentence 1: The word "subsitency" is archaic and won't appear in many dictionaries. Virtually all native English speakers will assume you made a mistake and meant "subsistence." It would also be better form to say "Their father," rather than "the father." Sentence 2: A native speaker would probably say: Lincoln worked many different jobs in his youth. Sentence 3, would flow more smoothly if written as follows: Many college students work part-time jobs.
January 27, 2016
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