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    a hard day's work.

    Once a month, I treat myself to a steak at a restaurant after a hard day's work.

    Can we say 'after a hard work of the day'? The underlined phrase is a bit ambiguous and weird.

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    '...after a hard day's work' is just fine.

    Don't try to improve upon it.

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Once a month, I treat myself to a steak at a restaurant after a hard day's work.

    Can we say 'after a hard work of the day'? The underlined phrase is a bit ambiguous and weird.
    No, you can't. The quoted sentence is natural and common usage. The phrase means "after working hard all day".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    The underlined phrase is a bit ambiguous and weird.
    "After a hard day's work" means "after the work of a hard day."

    Compare:

    "after a moment's reflection" --> "after the reflection of a moment"
    "after a week's vacation" --> "after a vacation of a week"
    "after a ten minutes' walk" --> "after a walk of ten minutes"

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    "After a hard day's work" means "after the work of a hard day."

    Compare:

    "after a moment's reflection" --> "after the reflection of a moment"
    "after a week's vacation" --> "after a vacation of a week"
    "after a ten minutes' walk" --> "after a walk of ten minutes"
    All of those on the left are examples of everyday usage. All of those on the right are examples of phrases that are heard rarely or never.

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    All of those on the right are examples of phrases that are heard rarely or never.
    Those on the right serve to explain the grammar and meaning of those on the left.

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    NKL you could use "after a hard day at work" if that makes more sense to you. There are phrases that we use that don't even make sense to us. Still we use them because we know what they mean. Unfortunately, for students that means lots of pain.

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    All of those on the right are examples of phrases that are heard rarely or never.
    How often do you see that bolded clause in writing?

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    There are phrases that we use that don't even make sense to us.
    The Beatles gave us one such phrase: "a hard day's night."

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    Re: a hard day's work.

    That was exactly what I thought of when I saw the the thread's title. My mind was already ringing with "sleeping like a log and working like a dog."

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