work

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈw3ːrk/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/wɝk/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(wûrk)


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work
Work can be a verb or a noun.
used as a verb
People who work have a job which they are paid to do.
You need to save money for when you stop working.
I work in a hotel.
You can use as with work to say what a person's job is.
Maria works as a nurse.
Be careful
You use the progressive -ing form of work to talk about a temporary job, but simple forms to talk about a permanent job. For example, if you say ‘I’m working in London', this suggests that the situation is temporary and you may soon move. If you say ‘I work in London’, this suggests that London is your permanent place of work.
He was working as a truck driver because his business venture had failed.
used as a noun
If you have work, you have a job which you are paid to do.
There are many people who can't find work.
The website has information on many different types of work.
When someone has a job, you can say that they are in work.
Fewer and fewer people are in work.
When someone does not have a job, you can say that they are out of work.
Her father had been out of work for six months.
Work is also used to talk about the place where someone works.
He drives to work by car.
I can't leave work till five.
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