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    Work in progress

    Do we also say "work in process" to mean "work in progress"?

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    Re: Work in progress

    Work in progress is an idiomatic phrase with a distinct meaning that almost all native English speakers understand.

    Work in process might mean a process of working something in (work-in process). A native English speaker might think you misspoke progress.

    Stay with the original.

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    Re: Work in progress

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Work in progress is an idiomatic phrase with a distinct meaning that almost all native English speakers understand.
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    A tendency I've started noticing very recently is the use of 'work in progress' as countable: This is very much a work in progress. I don't think this is standard yet.

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    Re: Work in progress

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    A tendency I've started noticing very recently is the use of 'work in progress' as countable: This is very much a work in progress. I don't think this is standard yet.

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    It is standard in AmE. This use of "work" is countable. Its use is similar to the "works" of Shakespeare.

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    Re: Work in progress

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is standard in AmE. This use of "work" is countable. Its use is similar to the "works" of Shakespeare.
    Yes. I didn't make myself clear. I didn't mean that a countable usage of work was non-standard; we too say 'the works of Shakespeare'.

    What I meant was that the phrase 'work in progress' used to be uncountable in BE, and it's becoming countable. When I gave a talk based on a dissertation I was working on in 1975, my supervisor said 'present it as work in progress' - not 'a work in progress'.

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