What’s the difference between Work and Job?

Work is both a verb and a noun.  Job is also both a verb and a noun but it’s more common to use it as a noun.

Work has a very general meaning, job is much more specific, and its most common meaning is the name for the work that we do to earn money.  For example:  José got a new job. He is a digital planner in a big media agency.

Although your job is the name for what you do to earn money, it can also mean a specific task that you have to do.  For example:  I have a few jobs to finish today. I need to fill in the template, file my follow-up report and update the database.

JOB – noun

1.  A piece of work, especially a specific task.  For example:  His job was to cut the grass.

2.  A post of employment.  For example:  She was looking for a job as a Planner.

WORK – noun

1.  Exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish(lograr) something.  For example:  In the end, it was harder work than they realized.

2.  Something on which exertion or labor is spent.  For example:  The students finished their work in class.

3.  Employment, especially as a way of earning money.  For example:  He looked for work for many months.

4.  A place of employment.  For example:  Don’t phone me at work.

WORK – verb

1.  To do work.  To labor.  For example:  I worked all night to finish the campaign.

2.  To be employed, especially as a way of earning a livelihood(sustento).  For example:  He hasn’t worked for six weeks.

Let me know if you find this useful or if you would like me to contrast and explain any other confusing words.

About No More Spanglish

I have been an English teacher for over eight years in Madrid. Most of that time has been spent teaching, correcting and translating in the Media sector. My mission, and that of this blog, is to improve your level of English by eliminating one common/repeated error at a time. For further details - check me out on LinkedIn or email me directly at nomorespanglish@hotmail.com

Posted on 13/02/2013, in Confusing Words, Eliminating Common Errors Quickly and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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