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    Dear Teachers,

    A. - He works a full-time job.
    - He works full-time.
    - He has a full-time job.
    - Which sentence is more natural?

    B. She called the police on him when he would not let his daughter leave his apartment.
    - What does “called the police on him” mean?

    Thanks a million

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    A. - He works a full-time job.
    - He works full-time.
    - He has a full-time job.
    - Which sentence is more natural?

    B. She called the police on him when he would not let his daughter leave his apartment.
    - What does “called the police on him” mean?

    Thanks a million

    Namsteven
    A. They are equally natural and correct. In the first, "full-time" is an adverb; in the second, it is an adjective.

    B. It means that the police were called and he was mentioned as the problem.

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    This might be a BrE difference, but 'works a full-time job' sounds a little strange to me. I'd use 'does a full-time job'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
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    A. - He works a full-time job.
    - He works full-time.
    - He has a full-time job.
    - Which sentence is more natural?
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    I'd prefer 'he does a full-time job' rather than your first; I agree with Mike that the other too are both fine.

    (Maybe this is a BE thing, but I don't see works as factitive, except in a few collocations: 'work the day/night shift', 'work wonders', 'work miracles'. Hmm... Maybe 'factitive' is the wrong word. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'd prefer 'he does a full-time job' rather than your first; I agree with Mike that the other too are both fine.

    (Maybe this is a BE thing, but I don't see works as factitive, except in a few collocations: 'work the day/night shift', 'work wonders', 'work miracles'. Hmm... Maybe 'factitive' is the wrong word. )

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    The first is not uncommon in AmE.

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 19,000 for "works a full-time job".

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    Yet another of our little differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Yet another of our little differences.
    I wish we had started cataloging them years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I wish we had started cataloging them years ago.

    Foibles

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    - He has a full-time job.
    B. She called the police on him when he would not let his daughter leave his apartment.
    - What does “called the police on him” mean?

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    it should be 'She called the police about him

    or

    she called the police when he would not let

    On him is not correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    it should be 'She called the police about him

    or

    she called the police when he would not let

    On him is not correct
    Yes, it is. Informal.

    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 873 for "called the police on him".
    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 6,250 for "called the police on you".
    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 524 for "called the police on her".
    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 927 for "called the police on me".
    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 1,420 for "called the police on us".
    Web Results 1 - 10 of about 11,200 for "called the police on them".
    cf:

    told on him
    ratted on him
    squealed on him

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