A friend of mine is looking for a job. He used to work for a bank, but he lost his job when a new company bought the bank and downsized the office. Working in the finance industry seems like interesting work, but I heard it is hard to find a secure job. There are a lot of entry level jobs in the banking business, but not many people seem to work for the same company for a very long time. I guess that’s how business is these days.
These three words, job, work, and business are similar, but we use them differently. Do you know how to use them? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:
Job is a countable noun and there are a few ways you can use job:
- A job is a task that one does:
- You did a nice job on the ABC project.
- I have several important jobs to do this week in the office.
- A job is also paid position for doing regular work:
- Jack has a job in a bank.
- Tommy has an interesting job in international marketing.
- Here are some typical questions we ask using job:
- How’s your new job?
- Do you think Tom did a good job on his presentation?
If you want to know someone’s job, you can ask, “What do you do?”
Work is a verb, but it is also a non-countable noun. Here are a few ways you can use work:
- Work is an activity requiring mental or physical activity
- You did nice work on the ABC project.
- I have a lot of work to do this week in the office.
· Work is also the place or industry where one is employed
- I have to go to work early tomorrow.
- International marketing is interesting work that involves a lot of travel.
- Here are some typical questions we ask using work:
- What kind of work do you do?
- You put a lot of work into that presentation, didn’t you?
Business is a noun and can have a countable or non-countable use:
- As a countable noun, business means the industry where one is employed
- Ted has worked in the insurance business all his life.
- The real estate business took a nosedive a few years ago.
- When we talk about the commerce in general, business is a non-countable collective noun:
- Business is not so good these days because of the economy.
- This new marketing campaign should help us drum up business
- Typical questions using business
- What line of business are you in?
- Do you think Tom enjoys the education business?
- How’s business?
So what do you do? Do you like your job? Is it hard work? Is it an interesting business to be in?