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    I work on the floor

    What do native speakers mean saying " I work on the floor"
    Thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: I work on the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    What do native speakers mean saying " I work on the floor"
    Thanks in advance!
    It could mean several different things. have you more context?

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    #3

    Re: I work on the floor

    No, I haven't. I'd be happy to know all the meanings or at least one of them.

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    Re: I work on the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    What do native speakers mean saying " I work on the floor"
    Thanks in advance!
    The only common meaning is the literal one. "I do my work while sitting on the floor."

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    #5

    Re: I work on the floor

    Could be a carpet layer or a businessman in a tall building or a prostitute. Vastly different meanings.

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    #6

    Re: I work on the floor

    Thanks very much!

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    #7

    Re: I work on the floor

    Or they work in a factory, and they work on the production floor actually manufacturing something, not in an office; or they work for a retail establishment, on the shop floor selling, not in an office ordering inventory, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: I work on the floor

    Or a stockbroker who works on the trading floor.

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    #9

    Re: I work on the floor

    Or a nightclub worker who works around the clubbers, not behind the scenes, not the DJ, probably not a barman. Could be a bouncer.
    Or perhaps an archaeologist currently involved with a dig. The others might be working on the walls or on a mosaic. This person is working on the floor.

    Can you see why we ask for context so often on this forum? Just because all of the suggestions above have come from native speakers, it doesn't mean that if you hear the statement you quoted, it will necessarily mean any of the things we've suggested.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: I work on the floor

    It would be good to know what prompted your question, Harry.

    It can hardly have been a random sentence you plucked out of thin air.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-May-2013 at 22:23.

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