I came across a line in a book:
The indigotin would be dissolved in vats of alkali to make a yellowish dye, indigo white. It was then ready for the dyers to begin work.
Begin work here sounds strange and sounds like headlinese, with work used as a mass noun. I thought begin to work would be more suitable. Is begin work here grammatical and unstilted/natural?
Also are "begin work on" and "begin working on" interchangeable?
To borrow an example from Anne Bogart's book
Every time I begin work on a new production I feel as though I am out of my league.
Can it be rewritten as
Every time I begin working on a new production I feel as though I am out of my league.