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Let's say you have seen tons of Youtube videos made by a particular guy. As we all know, there is money earned out of it, then you reacted to his way of earning money and you say:

Oh my, this guy really makes youtube vlogging his living?!.

Is this a correct expression? Because what I usually see in example sentences is the "make a living" phrase, but it seems to me "his" is more appropriate than "a" in this situation, that's why I've changed it.

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There is a sense of "to make a living" that means make just enough money to survive on. It probably excludes luxuries.

make a living idiom

Definition of make a living : to earn the money one needs to pay for housing, food, etc.

He made a living by working as a cook. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20a%20living

Example

You work as a waiter don't you?

Yes.

Does it pay well?

Not really but it's a living.


There is perhaps less stigma attached to making something 'your' living.

Oh my, this guy really makes YouTube-vlogging his living!

I'd say that is perfectly correct.

Another example, (with a different meaning), might be:

Oh my, this guy really makes YouTube-vlogging his life's work! He's totally dedicated to it.

  • Excellent answer, but I wonder why you "hyphenated" the youtube and vlogging... I don't quite get that... – John Arvin Dec 11 '18 at 9:37
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    It's a good question. I suppose it's to distinguish from "Oh my, this guy really makes YouTube [by] vlogging his living!" Admittedly that version makes no sense but as we read, we can't always predict the grammar that is coming. For me there is less of a mental load if you make the grammar clear as soon as possible. Maybe this needs to be a separate question. Some people may agree with me, others may disagree. – chasly from UK Dec 11 '18 at 9:45
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This would be a more idiomatic sentence:

Oh my, this guy really makes his living youtube vlogging?!

"Make a living" means approximately "earn an income". The phrase is not used as "make some profession their living" but rather "make their living by some profession".

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