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    Default doubt about to use work/job

    Hi, in this statements, which do i write, job or work ? and why?

    The builders have done a great ___________ on your extension.

    How long does it take you to get to ___________?

    If a ___________ is worth doing, it's worth doing properly.

    thaks

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    Why don't you try answering and giving your reasons first- that way, we'll have something to discuss.

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why don't you try answering and giving your reasons first- that way, we'll have something to discuss.
    ok, i would write in oreder:

    1- work, because it references on activity
    2- job , it references to the role
    3- both , it is the same

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    Quote Originally Posted by nando88 View Post
    ok, i would write in oreder:

    1- work, because it references on activity
    2- job , it references to the role
    3- both , it is the same
    Sorry, no.

    1. People do a great job. They don't do a great work.

    2. You go to work. You don't go to job.

    3. A job is worth doing. "Work" is not countable, so you would not speak of "a work."

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Sorry, no.

    1. People do a great job. They don't do a great work.

    2. You go to work. You don't go to job.

    3. A job is worth doing. "Work" is not countable, so you would not speak of "a work."
    ok thanks but i don't get it very well the first, in the second i didn't get it the mean of "to go to" before, now i get it, the third is ok.

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    Did the builders carry out their activity (an example of the professionalism) or all the summit of their professionalism on this one building?

    If it's repairing a roof, for example, then they do a good job.

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    For the first one, we are again dealing with an "a," so that tells us it is countable.

    Also, as I said, it is idiomatic to say someone has done "a good job" or "a poor job." We do not say someone has done "a good work."

    Finally, just to be more confusing "good works" is used to describe charitable things people do, like feeding the poor, etc.

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    Default Re: doubt about to use work/job

    perfect, thanks.

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