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    work cleaning?

    Hello teachers!

    I've found the following:

    1. My boss put me to work cleaning his room.

    I don't understand the part "work cleaning ..." well.

    Is this "work cleaning ..." a kind of set phrase or something, though I've not found such a phrase in some dictionaries?
    According to the explanation of some dictionaries, this "work" is a noun and this "cleaning" is a gerund, right?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.


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    Re: work cleaning?

    Don't consider 'work cleaning' in isolation.

    Try saying the sentence with a slight pause between those two words.

    'My boss put me to work [doing what?] cleaning his room.'

    It means 'My boss gave me the job of cleaning his room'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Aug-2014 at 22:29.

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