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    out of work

    Hi there.

    "out of work doesn't mean out of luck"

    Does 'out of work' mean don't have a job? Is it OK to say 'out of job' and mean the same?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: out of work

    Does 'out of work' mean you don't have a job? / one doesn't have a job?
    Yes
    Is it OK to say 'out of a job' and does it mean the same thing?
    Yes, but it would be used more specifically. So : "He has been out of work for a long time." Compare that to : " If you keep coming to work late you will be out of a job." (because the boss will fire the person for his lack of punctuality).
    I person can be fired from one job in the morning, and so 'be out of a job', but get another job in the afternoon.
    To be "out of work" suggests that one has been trying to get a job for a while but hasn't been able to find employment.


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    Re: out of work

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi there.

    "out of work doesn't mean out of luck"

    Does 'out of work' mean don't have a job? Is it OK to say 'out of job' and mean the same?

    Thanks in advance.
    You would never say "out of job"..."out of a job" is correct.

    Is it the same as "out of work"? In most cases, yes but.....

    You would use "out of a job" if you were threatening someone who is not doing his job properly.

    "If you don't shape up and come to work on time, you will be out of a job!"

    Now in the above sentence, you could substitute "out of work" with no difficulty. However, the following sentences uses "out of work"

    "John roamed the streets for months now. Being out of work had caused him to lose his confidence. He felt useless; life didn't seem to mean much anymore."

    You would not use "out of a job" in the paragraph since I don't think "being out of a job" describes the depth of John's problem. Usually "being out of a job" is a short term problem, whereas "being out of work" is more serious.

    I hope this helps.


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