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    Undertake Employment

    I have a question about the usage of "undertake employment" here:


    "There are few employers currently offering a certificate of sponsorship to undertake employment. "


    I cannot find "undertake" used with "employment" in dictionaries. Could the usage in the example be a regional idiom or an error?

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    It is normal usage.

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    I cannot find "undertake" used with "employment" in dictionaries.
    'undertake
    1 to accept that you are responsible for a piece of work'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/undertake
    I think employment is a piece of work, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    Employment is not a piece of work, it is a job.

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    Correct. To undertake employment is to take responsibility for doing a job.

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    Rover_KE
    Can I say "I should undertake employment for my job, because I'm the fireman. I have to save people in a bad situation."?
    Last edited by Polyester; 30-Jun-2015 at 11:19.

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    I think it is not employment unless the hero gets paid, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Employment is not a piece of work, it is a job.
    Is it a comma splice?

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    Re: Undertake Employment

    Yes, but a forgivable one. We accept some comma splices when the clauses are short and closely related.

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