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    to take/take on/have/hold/work a part-time job...

    1. Many college students take a part-time job in retail business. (O or X?)
    2. Many college students take on a part-time job in retail business. (O)
    3. Many college students have a part-time job in retail business. (O)
    4. Many college students hold a part-time job in retail business. (O)
    5. Many college students work a part-time job in retail business. (O or X?)

    I wrote these sentences, and I know sentence 2, 3, and 4 are correct, but are sentence 1 and 5 are also correct? In addition, is there any difference between sentence 1 and 2, i.e. to take or take on a part-time job? Thanks!

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    Re: to take/take on/have/hold/work a part-time job...

    I wouldn't use "retail business" in any of them. In BrE, it's perfectly acceptable to just use "retail". Sentence 1 is correct. I think sentence 5 is OK in AmE but in BrE we don't use "work a job".

    The simplest and most natural versions, for me, are "Many college students have a part-time job in retail" or "Many college students work in retail part-time".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to take/take on/have/hold/work a part-time job...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I wouldn't use "retail business" in any of them. In BrE, it's perfectly acceptable to just use "retail". Sentence 1 is correct. I think sentence 5 is OK in AmE but in BrE we don't use "work a job".

    The simplest and most natural versions, for me, are "Many college students have a part-time job in retail" or "Many college students work in retail part-time".
    According to the Oxford dictionary, "retail" means "the selling of goods to the public, usually through shops/stores". "Retailing" means "the business of selling goods to the public, usually through shops/stores", and the example it gives is: career opportunities in retailing.
    It seems that retailing would be correct in my sentence, while retail would not. It's very confused.

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    Re: to take/take on/have/hold/work a part-time job...

    I'm just telling you what we use in standard, colloquial English. "Retail" is the collective term for businesses engaged in selling goods to people.

    I work in retail.
    She has a job in retail.
    They used to work in retail but now they're international spies!

    I find "... career opportunities in retailing" very unnatural, even if it did come from an Oxford dictionary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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