The next word in our vocabulary boost series is WORK. WORK is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of collaborate, try or dedicate time to. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using WORK.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Work as – work in the role of

Work for – be employed by

Work with someone – collaborate with

Work on the computer

Work from home

Work hard – work intensively

Work long hours

Work over time

Work 9-5

Work shifts

Work like a dog – work hard

Work around the clock – to work a lot

Work against – compete with

Work through – continue in spite of something

The machine works

It doesn´t work – it doesn´t function


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Work on – dedicate lots of time to

He is working on his thesis so that he can finish by April

Work out – resolve

I can´t work out the answer to number 4 on the exam

Work out – do exercise

I tend to work out 3 times a week

Work off – lose weight

He could do with working off all the weight he has put on

Work at – try to do something

I am working at my marriage so that we can get over our issues

Work around – do something at the same time/avoid something

I am trying to work around my studies

Work away – work abroad

My wife is working away at the moment

Work over – handle in a rough manner

They really worked him over during the scuffle




To learn how to use WORK you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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