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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

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    I didn't realize working place can be referred to as work unit until I began to learn some oral expressions from one app. It gives each topic a heading and this is one of them. But then I searched on the internet to find one explanation.http://www.businessdictionary.com/de...work-unit.html .Is this reliable? That's something I'm not sure about.
    Okay, I see. But I still don't understand your question. Why do you want to talk about work units as a 'topic'? What do you mean by 'topic'? And why are you trying to use the preposition at? According to the definition, a 'work unit' is a thing, not a place. The preposition at is a preposition of place.

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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

    I've worked in dozens of offices, mostly in the northeast of the US, and I've never heard the phrase "at work unit."

    I don't know what it means or how it's used, so I can't tell you which word to stress.

    Even without "at," I've never heard a workplace called a work unit. Maybe people do call it that in some places. But adding "at" just renders it meaningless. Maybe a work unit is an employee. (But the phrase still wouldn't make sense.)

    It would make sense if you got rid of "unit." We all know what "at work" means.

    It would also make sense if you added a word, like "at your work unit" or "at a work unit." Or even "at work as a unit."

    But that's not what the recording says. Your source might not be reliable.
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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

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    The linked definition is accurate. But the heading At Work Unit is not meaningful, nor is it grammatical even by the relaxed standards that apply to titles.
    OK, I got it. Then would you possibly give me an example of when to use work unit naturally in everyday conversation?

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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

    For me, it can refer only to a physical working space within a bigger space or a specific group of people who have been put together to work on the same project.

    Our office space is about 500m2 - it's divided up into ten individual work units.
    There are 1000 employees here, separated into twenty work units of 50, each working on a different aspect of the business.

    I can't think of any context in which "at work unit" is possible. In response to your specific query, I wouldn't use "work unit" in everyday conversation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I've worked in dozens of offices, mostly in the northeast of the US, and I've never heard the phrase "at work unit."

    I don't know what it means or how it's used, so I can't tell you which word to stress.

    Even without "at," I've never heard a workplace called a work unit. Maybe people do call it that in some places. But adding "at" just renders it meaningless. Maybe a work unit is an employee. (But the phrase still wouldn't make sense.)


    It would make sense if you got rid of "unit." We all know what "at work" means.

    It would also make sense if you added a word, like "at your work unit" or "at a work unit." Or even "at work as a unit."

    But that's not what the recording says. Your source might not be reliable.
    Actually that is from an oral English learning app providing many possible expressions and sentences on different occasions. There is a heading for every different occasion, such as "at home",---- with expressions from getting up to going out for work; "seeing a doctor", "making a phone", as well as expressions that can be used in office, which is entitled "at work unit", meaning "in a workplace". If the heading is changed to "at the work unit", or "at the work units", is it acceptable? or does it still sound unnatural?
    Last edited by chance22; 30-Jun-2020 at 14:08.

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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    Actually that is from an oral English learning app providing many possible expressions and sentences on different occasions. There is a heading for every different occasion, such as "at home",---- with expressions from getting up to going out for work; "seeing a doctor", "making a phone", as well as expressions that can be used in office, which is entitled "at work unit", meaning "in a workplace". If the heading is changed to "at the work unit", or "at the work units", is it acceptable? or does it still sound unnatural?
    Drop the word "unit". It isn't natural. The title "At Work" is perfect.
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    Re: How to pronounce at work unit

    As you must have realised by the length of this thread and our constant repetition of this fact, "At Work Unit" is wrong. It doesn't matter if it's a section title or used in a sentence. It's just wrong. They should have used "At Work" or "At/In The Workplace".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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