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    Labour and labours.

    1) Labour is working outside. There are a lot of people out there working as labour. Labour does a lot of hard work.

    2) Labourers are the people who work hard.

    3) A labourer doesn't earn well.

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    Labour is working outside. That sentence has little meaning.
    There are a lot of people out there working as labour. People do not 'work as labour'.
    Labour does a lot of hard work. Labour doesn't work; people do.

    Labourers are the people who work hard. Labourers do not necessarily work hard.

    A labourer doesn't earn well.
    Use 'much' instead of 'well'. The sentence is then grammatically correct, but not necessarily true.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-May-2017 at 18:06.

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Labour is working outside. That sentence has little meaning.
    There are a lot of people out there working as labour. People do not 'work as labour'.
    Labour does a lot of hard work. Labour doesn't work; people do.

    Labourers are the people who work hard. Labourers do not necessarily work hard.

    A labourer doesn't earn well.
    Use 'much' instead of 'well'. The sentence is then grammatically correct, but not necessarily true.
    Labour is working outside. That sentence has little meaning.
    There are a lot of people out there working as labour. People do not 'work as labour'.
    Labour does a lot of hard work. Labour doesn't work; people do.

    I don't understand. So what does "labour" mean? Is it not a group of labourers? So could you please tell the correct way of using this word in a sentence to me?

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    No. "Labour" is not a group of labourers. Have you looked up the word (as a noun) in a good dictionary?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No. "Labour" is not a group of labourers. Have you looked up the word (as a noun) in a good dictionary?
    Yes. It also shows "workmen" or "workers".

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    I find that very odd. I would expect to find "workman" or "worker" under "labourer".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Yes. It also shows "workmen" or "workers".
    In which dictionary did you find that definition?

    Merriam Webster gives this as one of the defintions of 'labo(u)r':

    • 4a : an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages wants the vote of labor in the elections
    • b (1) : workers employed in an establishment (2) : workers available for employment Immigrants provided a source of cheap labor.
    • c : the organizations or officials representing groups of workers negotiations betweenlabor and management



    Note that that is not the same as just 'workmen/workers'
    Last edited by Piscean; 19-May-2017 at 11:51.

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) Labour is working outside.
    You can labour indoors.

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    #9

    Re: Labour and labours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Merriam Webster gives this as one of the definitions

    • 4a : an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages wants the vote of labor in the elections
    • b (1) : workers employed in an establishment (2) : workers available for employment Immigrants provided a source of cheap labor.
    • c : the organizations or officials representing groups of workers negotiations betweenlabor and management

    Oh, I see why you are confused, tufguy. If I just read the definitions, I would be too. But look at the examples and you will better understand the word.


    • 4a : an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages wants the vote of labor in the elections - This means the people want representation of the working class in the elections.



    • b (1) : workers employed in an establishment (2) : workers available for employment Immigrants provided a source of cheap labor. - Cheap labor means employers can hire these immigrants for cheaper wages, compared to natives.



    • c : the organizations or officials representing groups of workers negotiations between labor and management - This means a negotiation between the labor union and the management team of the company.


    I hope my explanation makes sense. If not, ask away.

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    Re: Labour and labours.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Oh, I see why you are confused, tufguy. If I just read the definitions, I would be too. But look at the examples and you will better understand the word.


    • 4a : an economic group comprising those who do manual labor or work for wages wants the vote of labor in the elections - This means the people want representation of the working class in the elections.



    • b (1) : workers employed in an establishment (2) : workers available for employment Immigrants provided a source of cheap labor. - Cheap labor means employers can hire these immigrants for cheaper wages, compared to natives.



    • c : the organizations or officials representing groups of workers negotiations between labor and management - This means a negotiation between the labor union and the management team of the company.


    I hope my explanation makes sense. If not, ask away.
    Okay I am confused but here is an attempt from my side. We can say "labour is cheap in India". It means the group of people who does unskilled works is cheaper to hire here.

    Labourers work hard all day. It is easy to hire labourers here. It means each and every person who works as a labourer works hard and easy to be hired. Am I correct?

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