What do native speakers mean saying " I work on the floor"
Thanks in advance!
No, I haven't. I'd be happy to know all the meanings or at least one of them.
Could be a carpet layer or a businessman in a tall building or a prostitute. Vastly different meanings.
Thanks very much!
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.
Or a stockbroker who works on the trading 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.
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.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-May-2013 at 22:23.