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    Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    We normally say "I go to work at 8:30 in the morning".
    Are you going to work today?
    She didn't go to work today she was sick.


    Now the question is if we want to replace the word "work" with the word "duty", so what preposition will we use "to" or "on"?

    1. He goes to his duty at 9 in the morning.
    (Sounds a bit unnatural to me, It should have rather been "He goes to perform his duty at 9 in the morning".

    2. He goes on duty at 9 in the morning.
    ("He is supposed to be on duty" would sound more natural but I am asking about the situation when you leave home and head towards your place of work).

    3. He goes at his duty at 9 in the morning. (We normally say "He is at work).

    We say
    He is at work, He is at the office. (We don't say "He is on work").
    He is on duty
    . (We don't say "He is at his duty").

    So we use different prepositions when we talk about different actions that are being performed.
    He is going to work. He is at work.

    So tell me bout this.
    He is going to/on/at his duty. He is on duty.

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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    He starts work at 9am.
    He starts his duties at 9am.

    We don't use "go to duty".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    Someone can be "on duty," though that is used only in specific contexts.

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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    I'm not sure if you noticed, but Dave's version is "on duty" not "on his duty."

    People who have shifts, like a police officer or a security guard, would go "on duty." (And "off duty.")

    I get off duty at 9 pm. We can meet for a late dinner then.
    What time do you go on duty?
    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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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    You can also report for duty. A soldier might say "Aamir Tariq reporting for duty, sir!" -- though I have no idea whether that phrase is still used.
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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    Can I say.

    1. I am having a good time at my duty/at duty.
    2. I am having a good time on my duty/on duty.


    to mean I am enjoying my duty.

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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    No, it isn't natural. When you enjoy your work, you can say I enjoy my work. If your work involves being on duty (for example, staffing a reception desk at a hotel), you can say I enjoy being on duty.
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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Can I say.

    1. I am having a good time at my duty/at duty.
    2. I am having a good time on my duty/on duty.


    to mean I am enjoying my duty.
    I think it would be a good idea if you stopped connecting "duty" with your "job", "work" or "profession".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I think it would be a good idea if you stopped connecting "duty" with your "job", "work" or "profession".
    I am not connecting them. Actually that's how they are written in the source language "Urdu" and I am having to translate them in English. So whenever any such thing comes up there in the source language I have to bring it up here to ask for your expert opinion.

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    Re: Do you go to duty or do you go on duty when you go to work?

    Unless it's in a military context, forget 'duty;.

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