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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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    Default Re: work such overtime/ work such long hours

    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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    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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    Default Re: work such overtime/ work such long hours

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    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.
    Unpaid overtime happens for salaried employees in the US, but for wage earners they must be paid for each hour they work.

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