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Work or Job? (word choice)

Work or Job?
The difference between Work and Job. Which word should be used?

These two nouns are frequently confused because they have a similar meaning:

Work = a physical or mental effort that people make usually for money
Job = the regular work which a person does to earn money or a particular piece of work

Unfortunately, knowing the definitions doesn't help much, so the best idea is to learn from examples. There are numerous fixed phrases with "work" and "job" and if you want to use the words correctly you have to be familiar with them:

start work, be out of work, look for work, find work, return to work, be at work,
carry out work, do work, go to work, travel to work, leave for work
part-time work, full-time work, voluntary work, paid work, freelance work,
physical work, manual work, indoor work, outdoor work
hard work, heavy work, nice work, quick work, dangerous work, dirty work
experimental work, academic work, commercial work, educational work
environmental work, scientific work, building work, construction work, your own work

Remember that "work" is usually an uncountable noun. You never use "a work" or "works" in a sentence unless it means "a work of art" (something such as a book, a painting, a play or a piece of music). The plural form "works" can also be used to mean "a factory" (a steel works, a car works) or "the repairing or building of something" (road works, repair works).

Example sentences:

More Americans have been out of work for longer than at any time since World War II.
Ninety percent of heart-attack survivors return to
work and resume normal lives.
We have no choice but to be at
work during an emergency like hurricanes or terrorist attacks.
I get up and go to
work every day.
She's done some freelance
work for us on occasion.
Agriculture requiring manual
work in the fields was not an honorable vocation.
I found it in a study on the indoor
work environment and workers' health.
My colleague needed help with a project, but I was swamped with my own
We felt we had done the dirty
work for everyone.
He made a clear distinction between his commercial
work and his art pictures.

get a job, find a job, land a job, offer somebody a job, create jobs
apply for a job, take a job, take on a job, do a job, be in a job, keep a job, hold down a job
lose a job, resign from a job, leave a job, quit a job, give up a job
be up to the job, be out of a job, be without a job
temporary job, permanent job, part-time job, full-time job, steady job
job satisfaction, job security, job title, job description, job specifications
job centre, job search, job creation, job advertisment, job vacancy, job interview
job application, job seeker, job sharing, job opportunities, job prospects
holiday job, summer job, vacation job, weekend job, evening job
blue-collar job, white-collar job, unskilled job, semi-skilled job, skilled job

Example sentences:

That's an example of what it takes to land a job in the toughest job market since the 1930s.
My brother applied for a
job as a lifeguard.
When I took on the
job, I didn't know exactly what it would involve.
Because of the drug dependency John was unable to hold down a
I certainly didn't expect to be without a
It results in greater
job satisfaction and a stability within the work group.
Job security is the highest ranking employment factor.
I have a
job interview tomorrow morning.
Then she took a summer
job in a girls' camp.
In the past you could easily get an unskilled
job with a high school diploma.

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