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Difference Between Work and Job

Work vs Job

Work and Job are two words that are often confused when it comes to their meanings and connotations. The work normally refers to any kind of muscular effort that is put into an action. On the other hand the word ‘job’ refers to an occupation for which you are paid a salary. This is the main difference between the two words ‘work’ and ‘job’.

In short it can be said that the word ‘work’ is a subset of the word ‘job’. You will have to work in a job to get salary. In other words you will have to exercise your muscles to complete the work given to do as part of a job. Observe the two sentences

1. I completed my work in the evening.

2. The job fetches me a salary of $500 a month.

In the first sentence you can see that the word ‘work’ is used in the sense of an ‘action’ that was completed in the evening. The work that the speaker has referred to might be any sort of work either pertaining to household or to the workplace. On the other hand the word ‘job’ in the second sentence is used in the sense of a regular piece of work that is done on a daily basis to earn a salary every month. It is not correct to use the word ‘work’ in the place of the word ‘job’ in the second sentence.

‘The work fetches me a salary of $500 every month’ may not convey the correct idea. This is the important difference between the two words ‘work’ and ‘job’. Another important difference between the two words is that the word ‘work’ can also be used as a verb. On the other hand the word ‘job’ cannot be used as a verb but can be used only as a noun.


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