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    hard work or hardwork

    Which is correct? hard work or hardwork?

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    Re: hard work or hardwork

    Welcome to the forum.
    "Hard work" is correct. "Work" is a noun here (an uncountable noun).
    And we have "hard-working" too which is an adjective, as in a hard-working nurse.

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    Re: hard work or hardwork


    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Medina View Post
    Which is correct? hard work or hardwork?
    But you were right to ask. There are many composite words that end '-work' - like 'firework', 'woodwork', 'homework' ...etc. In all those cases, the first part is a noun; but some adjectives do this too. In this example there's a spelling change, which makes the join between the component words less obvious: when you produce a piece of work that shows how handy you are, that is 'handiwork' (maybe a bit archaic, but certainly in current use, often in collocation with 'admire': 'When he had finished ....<doing-whatever>... he stepped back to admire his handiwork.')

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