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Can somebody give me synonyms for "professional" and "make a living" in the following context:

Do most professional sportsmen make a good living?

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    your given quote seems perfectly acceptable to me, that's how I'd describe it May 16, 2021 at 14:06
  • yes it is. But i would want to have a synonym because I want to answer this question.
    – shangq_tou
    May 16, 2021 at 14:08
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    I suggest you don't use "sb" for "somebody". It is used in dictionary definitions but not in normal writing. Do check a thesaurus before posting and explain why you don't think the suggestion are useful. Explain why you want a synonym. And watch for capital letters. And don't ask us to do your homework.
    – James K
    May 16, 2021 at 14:22
  • A sportsman or an athlete?
    – Victor B.
    May 16, 2021 at 14:25
  • money-earning athletes. But, in general, professional has no synonym.
    – Lambie
    May 16, 2021 at 14:28

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I assume you are hoping for a word that means one who does sport for payment. There isn't another word that has exactly the same meaning (except perhaps "pro" which is merely an abbreviation).

You can say:

Do most top sportsmen earn lots of money.

Since being a professional athlete implies you are at the top, and the question implies you are talking about being paid (for sport). So this sentence would be understood the same way as yours.

I'm not sure if you intended to only as about men (and exclude women)

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  • "I assume you are hoping for a word that means one who does sport for payment. There isn't another word that has exactly the same meaning." What about a pro athlete?
    – Victor B.
    May 16, 2021 at 14:49
  • Addressed, but that rather like saying "Mr" is a synonym of "Mister"... I don't think that's the sort of thing the OP is looking for.
    – James K
    May 16, 2021 at 14:53

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