I have heard people say both work on computer and work on the computer. For example:

I work from home because I work on computer.

I work from work because I work on the computer.

Is there any difference in meaning between the two? If there isn't any, then which one is more common?

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The first is possible but not idiomatic.

The second is better, assuming you meant to write:

I work from home because I work on the computer.

But really I’d expect to hear other versions like:

I work from home as my work is all on the computer.

I work from home because all my work is all online.

  • I can't say exactly why, but I don't think OP's first version is even "possible", syntactically speaking. That's to say I think it's ungrammatical, not just non-idiomatic. You can work on computer science, for example, but you can't dispense with an article if it's just the noun computer. Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 14:43

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