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    #1

    laborious work

    Are the sentences idiomatic? Is the expression "laborious work' natural?
    At present I'm working on a new website. Itís laborious work, but I like it.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: laborious work

    I am not a teacher.

    It sounds fine to me.

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    #3

    Re: laborious work

    Several dictionaries include the words boring and annoying in their definitions of laborious. Using these definitions, it's difficult to see how one could like such work. You might say that the work is labor intensive.

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    #4

    Re: laborious work

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, and other dictionaries say, 'Requiring considerable time and effort'. In that sense it works perfectly.

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    #5

    Re: laborious work

    "Laborious work" strikes me as a bit redundant. I like "labor intensive." Or even "hard work" or "physical work."

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    #6

    Re: laborious work

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Several dictionaries include the words boring and annoying in their definitions of laborious. Using these definitions, it's difficult to see how one could like such work. You might say that the work is labor intensive.
    I am not a teacher.

    That's funny, because I went to OneLook Dictionary Search and didn't find boring or annoying in the first ten dictionaries that I checked before I myself got bored looking. Labour-intensive is something else.

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    #7

    Re: laborious work

    Simplify it.

    At present I'm working on a new website. It's a lot of work, but I like it.


    At present I'm working on a new website. It's tedious work, but I like it.



    --lotus

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    #8

    Re: laborious work

    Thanks to all, especially to Lotus888 - tedious is just what I need.
    Now I can reveal a secret - in the original it was tiring, but I needed a word without the sound [aɪə] (it will be introduced a bit later in my textbook). I tried monotonous, but it wasn't exactly what I needed.
    I think tedious is perfect.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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