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    Hi
    In the following exercise:
    "He works such overtime/ long hours, that he should get a pay rise", the correct answer is 'long hours'. However, I really don't know what the problem is with the other alternative. Is there a problem regarding grammar or meaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    In the following exercise:
    "He works such overtime/ long hours, that he should get a pay rise", the correct answer is 'long hours'. However, I really don't know what the problem is with the other alternative. Is there a problem regarding grammar or meaning?

    Thanks a million.
    "He works such a lot of overtime."
    "He works such long hours."

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    Default Re: work such overtime/ work such long hours

    He works so much overtime ...
    He works such long hours ...
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: work such overtime/ work such long hours

    Thanks ems and bahi. You mean based on collocation and the meaning it''s not possible to say 'such overtime'. As we can use 'such' with a noun or a noun phrase. Like 'such weather, to be of such importance, such a girl,etc.'

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    Default Re: work such overtime/ work such long hours

    In AmE, when one works "overtime" one is usually paid extra, at a higher rate. So the original sentence does not make sense in that respect.

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    Default Re: work such overtime/ work such long hours

    Sadly, there are many places where people do loads of unpaid overtime just to get their actual job done. In my previous job, I was paid at time and a half every time I worked a Saturday, double time every time I worked a Sunday, and double time for any hours over 42.5 in one week.
    In my current job, I am only paid at plain time (normal hourly rate) for any extra hours and I have to work an extra 15 minutes in order to get any more money at all.
    Unfortunately, the original sentence makes a lot of sense in a lot of places.
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