Today, lets have a look at some ways to use the words work and job.
If you want to ask someone about work, you can ask, “What do you do?” like this:
Bob: What do you do?
Joe: I’m a teacher.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the answer to “What do you do?” should be clear and is usually your job title or a description of your position.
Here are some other phrases using work and job:
Work is a verb, so you can say:
- I work in bank
- I work Monday to Friday
- I worked until 9 last night.
Work and job are nouns, so here are some set phrases using work and job:
job (one’s position in the company)
- I love my job!
- Being a firefighter is a difficult and dangerous job.
work (the tasks one does in the company)
- I have a lot of work to do today.
- Jack said his work at the bank is very routine.
go to work (travel to work)
- I went to work yesterday
- Joe goes to work by subway
get to work (arrived at my office)
- I got to work at 8:30 this morning.
- I usually get to work at 9.
get to work on (begin working on something)
- Let’s get to work!
- We need to get to work on the marketing project.
at work (at my workplace)
- I was at work all weekend.
- Where’s Jack? He’s at work today.
off work (finished working for the day or a day of no work)
- I’m so happy because I am off work tomorrow.
- I am off work at 5:00 today, so let’s meet for dinner.
have work (have tasks to accomplish)
- I have a lot of work to do this morning, so I don’t want to be disturbed.
- The boss has no work for us, so we will go home early.
out of work (to be unemployed)
- Tony has been out of work for six months.
- Many people are out of work because of the recession.
have a job (to be employed)
- Joe has a job at the bank.
- I have a great job at Happy English!
get a job (to become employed)
- Jane hopes to get a job at the insurance company
- Lori got a new job last week.
What do you do? Do you like your job? Do you have a lot of work to do everyday?
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