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You did a good job! You do good work!

"Job" is a countable noun.

You try to get a job to earn a good living.


"Work" is an uncountable noun. It refers to the activity, nature or place of a job or business.

The work on the new airport should be under way soon.
What kind of work do you do?
You can reach him at the office. He should be at work by now.
Learning English can be hard work.

Both "task" and "job" can refer to a piece of work.

My first task/job will be to get to know my way around the office.


But "task" is often a hard or unpleasant duty.


"Errand" is a short trip to do or get something.

Can you let me have the car tomorrow? I've got a lot of errands to do.

If something "works" it means that it functions properly or produces the desired results.

I've checked and double checked all the connections but it still doesn't work.
Your strategy isn't working. Maybe you should try a new approach.


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Work out

To "work out" means to calculate or complete.

The negotiations were long and hard but in the end they managed to work out a deal.
With insurance and the special discount it works out to $257 a month.


Workout

A "workout" is any type of fitness training.

I need to do a workout three times a week to feel good.

Work in

"Work in" is to mix or add little by little.

Once you've added all the ingredients, gradually work in the mixture until you get a soft, cohesive dough.

Work off

"Work off" means to remove gradually.

I need to do some exercise to work off this extra weight.

Work over

"Work over" is to revise or rework.

We need to work over the report and make some changes.

Work up

"Work up" is to cause or develop.

You'll have to do more strenuous exercise if you want to work up a sweat.
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