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    Cool work or works

    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    'I sometimes drive my uncle’s tractor and do some works at the farm.'

    Shouldn't it be work instead of works, knowing that 'work' is uncountable?


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    Yes, 'work'. When it refers to physical or mental effort to achieve a purpose or result, it is uncountable.
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    works (noun) - a place or premises for industrial activity, typically manufacturing : "He found a job in the ironworks."

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Yes, 'work'. When it refers to physical or mental effort to achieve a purpose or result, it is uncountable.
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    works (noun) - a place or premises for industrial activity, typically manufacturing : "He found a job in the ironworks."
    So, in my example, you can't use 'works', correct?

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    Re: work or works

    My humble addition to the great explanation of David L:
    Works
    BOOK/PAINTING/MUSIC
    [countable] something such as a painting, play, piece of music etc that is produced by a painter, writer, or musician
    the Collected Works of Shakespeare It is another accomplished work by the artist.
    (Source: Longman Dict.)


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    I don't understand!
    What is it about my post which still leaves you uncertain? as opposed to quite clear which to use, and why.

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    Re: work or works

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    So, in my example, you can't use 'works', correct?
    (Not a teacher)
    Bingo. Instead, you can use quantity words to modify it if you want to, like, lots/plenty of work, much work.

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    Re: work or works

    Ex: ... do work on the farm.

    Ex: ... do works on the farm.

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