1 Verb + work
Use the correct form of these verbs:
make give up
- I’d ___________ work if I could afford to.
- I’m still looking for a job. It’s so difficult to ___________ work in the present economic climate.
- There’s plenty of work to be ___________ in the garden at this time of year.
- I just couldn’t___________ work yesterday, so I took the day off.
- Payment will be withheld until the work is ___________ to my satisfaction.
- As a salesman my work___________ a lot of driving.
- Make sure you ___________ your work before handing it in. Silly mistakes can lose marks.
- These new regulations have ___________ a lot of extra work for me.
Now use these phrasal verbs in the sentences:
put… into get on with get off
get down go into go out
- Stop talking and ___________ your work. I want this finished by the end of the lesson.
- After the baby’s born, I won’t have to ___________ to work any more – at least not for a few years.
- Can you try to ___________ work early tomorrow so that we can visit Sue in hospital?
- He’s ___________ a lot of work ___________ improving his maths. He studies for hours most nights.
- A tremendous amount of work has ___________ the preparations for the wedding.
- I’ve been avoiding ___________ to work all day. I just feel so tired and lifeless at the moment.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use these adjectives in the sentence:
back-breaking extra hard
monotonous hard day’s skilled
- There is no doubt that teaching is ___________ work, but it can be very fulfilling.
- Washing dishes all day is pretty ___________ work.
- I’m afraid we can’t take on any ___________ work at the moment. We’re already working to capacity.
- Furniture-making is very ___________ work and involves years and years of training.
- Digging the garden is ___________ work. It’s so physically demanding. => Then, why not get your son to do it for you!
- After a ___________ work, it’s nice to get home and put your feet up.
3 Noun + of + work
Use these nouns to complete the sentences:
backlog of rewards of piles of
pressure of search of standard of
- Many young people travel to the large cities in___________ work.
- Sorry, I can’t come to the meeting this evening. I’ve got ___________ work to do for tomorrow.
- It was good to see her reaping the ___________ all her hard work.
- The ___________ his written work is extremely high. His speaking is less good.
- The only way to clear this huge ___________ work is to take on more part-time staff.
- The ___________ work is beginning to get to him. Unless he cuts down the time he’s at the office, his health will suffer.
1. Note the following expressions:
His work is satisfactory / up to standard / up to scratch.
His work is unsatisfactory I of a poor standard / shoddy / sloppy.
2. If you are out of work, you are unemployed.
If you are in work, you have a job.
My brother’s been out of work for 5 years.
There are a lot more people in work than there were 10 years ago.
3. We talk about part-time / full-time / casual / freelance / voluntary work.
4. If you have too much work, you are up to your ears in work.
5. Note the proverb: Many hands make light work!
6. If you have a particularly difficult task to do, you ‘have your work cut out!’
|1. give up
9. get on with
10. go out
|11. get off
12. put a lot of work into
13. gone into
14. getting down
6. hard day’s
|1. search of
2. piles of
3. rewards of
|4. standard of
5. backlog of
6. pressure of
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