In this lesson, you are going to learn six prepositions that can be used with the verb 'work' and the difference between each one of them and how to use them correctly.
Do the exercise and the end to practise.
Formula: work as + occupation
Questions: What do you do? | What do you work? | What is your job?
Note: You can also say 'I'm a photographer', 'I'm an architect', etc.
Formula: work in + place or field (industry or type of job)
Questions: Which industry do you work in? | Which department do you work in?
Note: Use 'work in' with words like 'school', 'bank', 'hospital', 'hotel', 'factory', 'shop', etc. to talk about the place where someone works.
Remember: Don't use 'work in' with the name of a company or organisation.
Formula: work for + person, company or organisation
Question: Who do you work for? | How long have you been working for this company?
Formula: work at + a particular place or organisation
Questions: Which ... do you work at?
Note: You can use 'work at' when you are talking about a well-known company or organisation or when they person you are talking to knows it already.
Formula: work on + project or task
Question: What are you working on?
Formula: work with + someone
Questions: Do you like working with ...? | What do you like about working with ...?
Complete the sentences with the prepositions as, in, for, at, on and with. Sometimes more than one is possible.
1. in; 2. in; 3. for; 4. for; 5. as, in; 6. as, at/for ('at' because it's a well known company); 7. on, for; 8. for; 9. in; 10. in; 11. on; 12. in; 13. at/for ('at' is more common); 14. in/at ('at' when it is a particular hospital); 15. with;
Other Business English lessons:
Collocations with Job (Part 1)
Collocations with Job (Part 2)
English Lesson: Jobs and Skills
Business English: Working in an office
Business English: How to Talk about Your Job Responsibilities
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