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    Cool in or on?

    Hi,

    On CNN there is a quiz asking:
    "Have you ever fallen asleep on the job?"


    Shouldn't it be "...in the job?"

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    On the job.

    On-the-job training.
    Goofing off on the job.
    Falling asleeep on the job
    Etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: in or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    On CNN there is a quiz asking:
    "Have you ever fallen asleep on the job?"


    Shouldn't it be "...in the job?"

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    "On the job" is correct as are these:

    Have you ever fallen asleep
    at work?
    at the office?
    in the office?
    at your desk?
    on your desk?

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    I've got a feeling that there's also another possible interpretation of the phrase on the job, with the context of falling asleep doing that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I've got a feeling that there's also another possible interpretation of the phrase on the job, with the context of falling asleep doing that job.
    Shhh! This is a family forum.

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    Default Re: in or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I've got a feeling that there's also another possible interpretation of the phrase on the job, with the context of falling asleep doing that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I've got a feeling that there's also another possible interpretation of the phrase on the job, with the context of falling asleep doing that job.
    I don't get it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    I don't get it...
    Scroll down here:The Best of British - The American's guide to speaking British...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    RE. "on the job". Never used with that meaning in AmE. I'll have to be careful if/when in England.

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