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Today we’ll learn some expressions related to work. Let’s get acquainted with Mark and see what happened to him.
What happened to Mark
Mark was unemployed and was looking for a job. He urgently needed it because his wife had just given birth to their child and was off work. Mark applied for a job in an IT company and sent in his résumé. Luckily, he had an interview and got the job. He had to clock in and clock off and complete tedious work every day. In some time, Mark felt he got stuck in a rut. As he was a high-flyer, he didn’t want to be stuck behind the desk. He realized that he had to work his fingers to the bone to get promoted. So he worked his head off and did overtime. He was an eager beaver. After six months he got a pay rise and a perk – a company car. But then he had an argument with his boss and got sacked. Mark was out of work again. But he didn’t want to have a boss anymore. He started to think of becoming self-employed…
Work words: Be without a job
- Mark was unemployed at the beginning of the story and out of work at the end. It means he was without a job
- His wife was off work – she was temporarily absent at work because she was looking after a baby
Work words: Ask for a job
- He applied for a job – he officially asked for a job in a writing form
- He sent in a resume -he mailed a resume
Work words: How to do work
- Mark clocked in – register the time of arrival at work at a certain hour
- and clocked off – register the time of departure from work
- He got stuck in a rut – he was doing one and the same thing for too long so that he needed a change (FYI: a long deep track made in the soft ground by the wheels of vehicles)
- Mark was a high-flyer, that is he was one who had a lot of ability and ambitions
- So he didn’t want to be stuck behind the desk, to do dull work in an officeMark was ready to work his fingers to the bone – to work extremely hard for a long time
- to get promoted – to get a higher or more important position
- He worked his head off – he worked his fingers to the bone and
- did overtime – worked more hours than expected in a job
- He was an eager beaver – a person who works very hard (FYI: beaver is a large semiaquatic broad-tailed rodent native to North America and northern Eurasia. It is noted for its habit of gnawing through trees to fell them in order to make dams)
Work words: Developing at work
- Mark got a pay rise – get a better salary and
- a perk – an advantage or sth extra that you get because of your job (a car, a mobile phone etc.)
- Mark was/got sacked – he was dismissed from work and thought
- to be self-employed – to work for himself
This is all for now. Today we’ve learnt 19 expressions that can help you to talk about a job. Leave your comments below and follow us. Next Tuesday we’ll learn how Passive voice works in English.
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