I have heard the expressions such as

A David works for a bank

B I am working in a school

Are the expressions " David is working in a bank" and "I work for a school" possible?

Is the change of the tense and the preposition acceptable? If yes, I would like to know the different shades of meaning?


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Yes, the change of tense suggests whether the position is temporary or permanent. This choice of preposition suggests whether you are "in" (either physically or figuratively) the bank/school.

So a freelance programmer "is working for a bank" this month, but a teacher "works in a school". The programmer could "be working for a school" next month, designing a new web site, while a bank manager "works in a bank" and has done since she left college. A plumber is "working in a school" this week, because the girls toilets are leaking.


Yes, however, it does change the meaning of the sentence. So as long as the second statement is true, it is appropriate. "Work in a school," refers only to the location where one works. "Work for a school", refers to your purpose and the organization to which one is employed. One can work for a school, but work for example at a public library. As a nurse, I work for X hospital, but I may work at the fair each year.

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