English Grammar Work
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Grammar Level 5- Lesson Twenty Eight

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Work in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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work / worked / worked / working


The verb “work” is one you probably already know, but you should consider it has a variety of applications. Generally, use “work” to describe any purposeful action: making money, managing necessary duties around the house, and physical and mental labor.


1. She works as a nurse.

She has worked as a nurse for ten years.

2. He works as a painter.

He’s been working as a painter since he left high school.

3. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Now she’s going to work on her master’s degree.

4. He’s working at his desk.

5. He’s working on his computer.

6. This is where I work in the evening. (This is where I teach.)

7. Our dryer isn’t working. We have to call someone to fix it.

8. This old radio still works.

9. He’s working on a big plate of food. (Sometimes “work” means “eat.”)



present tense: work / works
past tense: worked
future: will work
present continuous: am / are / is working
past continuous: was / were working
future continuous: will be working
present perfect: has / have worked
past perfect: had worked
future perfect: will have worked
present perfect continuous: has / have been working
past perfect continuous: had been working
future perfect continuous: will have been working
modal verbs: ______ work
past tense modal: ______ have worked
infinitive: to work
gerund: working
passive: yes


Idioms that begin with the word come

The verb “work” is frequently used with prepositions to form idioms.

work at = to practice; to develop a skill

Katy is working at becoming a better singer.

work (something) into = to bring something into a larger group.

We don’t have a lot of extra time today, but we’ll have to work this meeting into our schedule.

work out = to fix something; to solve a problem.

We need to work out a solution to this problem.

work out = to exercise; to exercise with heavy weights.

You can tell that Jim has been working out lately. He’s getting huge.

work over = to create pain and suffering for another person

The interrogators worked the man over until he gave a confession.

work through = to continue despite difficulty

A therapist is helping the couple work through their marital problems.

work up = to create; to develop

I’ve really worked up an appetite after playing football all morning.

We have to work up a new plan because our other plan was rejected.


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