WOTW: earn

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - earn

 

Earn” is a verb and used mostly to talk about money. Let’s find out what earn means and look at some example sentences.

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The meaning of the verb “earn” is obtain or gain money either as a result of work or from interest on investments.

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+ He earns his living as an English teacher.

+ When I was young, I earnt some money delivery newspapers.

+ How much do you earn?

+ The amount of interest you earn on your savings in Japan is very low.

+ He invested in real estate hoping to earn a good return.

+ Her latest tournament win took the prize money she has earned this year $1 million.

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One other meaning of the verb “earn” is to gain respect from your behaviour or achievements.

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+ Over the years, she has earned a lot of affection from her students.

+ You worked very hard on this. You have really earned my respect.

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There is one useful phrase:

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+ I’ll earn my keep. (work in return for food and accommodation)

+ The consultant really earned his keep. His insights were very helpful. (worth the time and money spent on).

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The pronunciation is / əːn /.

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This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.

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この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。

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