- the word ‘Work’can be both a verb and a noun (uncountable), whereas job is only a noun (countable). Examples:
- I have a great deal of work to do in the next days.
- Joe has two jobs, one as a teacher and one as a waiter in a restaurant.
- The verb to ‘work’ means “to make physical or mental effort directed towards doing or making something”. It has a very general meaning and can refer to all kinds of activities a person performs, also activities you don’t get paid for. For example, you can do work in the house (repairing, cleaning, cooking) or do work for a charity organization or the church, as part of the responsibility you feel towards others. For example:
- Daniel works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (It does not tell you what he does, just something about the location/employer)
- Mary does great work for the church. (she is probably not paid for it, it is not her job)
- He is working hard on his cv. (he’s preparing his resume)
- I work for EASI (if you want to know what I do, you should ask me about my job)
Whereas Job is any activity performed in exchange for a compensation. In general, we can say that job is the name for what you do to earn money.
- Job has a more specific meaning. It refers to a specific type of occupation, employment, role or position, such as doctor, teacher, cook or consultant.
- Work as a verb can also mean ‘function’. Example:
- Can I use your phone, mine isn’t working
- How does this work ?
- Expressions with work / Job
- Keep up the good work !! (continue creating excellent results)
- To throw a monkey wrench in the works. ( cause problems)
- Time works wonders. (the passing of time can resolve many problems).
- Work against the clock. (work very fast, because you have limited time to finish something)
- Work wonders. (cause improvements or have a good effect).
- To be on the job (doing what you are expected to)
- To walk off the job (abandon something abruptly or to go on strike)
- An inside job (crime committed by someone working /living at the scene of the crime)
- Come to the job with something (to bring a particular quality to a task or job)
p.s. this post was created by Sarah…