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Do you enjoy your job?

Can I use "work" instead of "job" in that sentence? Are they synonyms? How about this sentence:

"Do you want to go for a drink after work?"

  • Yes in the first sentence, no in the second sentence. – J.R. May 18 '14 at 19:35
  • Why not? Can you explain more? – user3731 May 18 '14 at 19:36
  • If I had the time, I could. I'm sure someone else will. – J.R. May 18 '14 at 19:52
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To me its basically a distinction between:

work - the physical activity itself, or the time spent working.

and

job - the actual position, functions, duties that describe the work you do. Generally used in a broader sense than work.

For example:

I work from 8 to 5.
I will be working at the branch office this week.

and for your examples:

Do you enjoy your work? (This is OK, referring to the actual work functions you perform.)
Do you want to go for a drink after work? (work refers to the time you were working that day.)

As for job:

Do you enjoy your job? (This is OK, but more a question about your overall opinion about your position, what you do, how well you work with other, your boss, etc.)
Did you apply for that job yet?
It was a difficult job but someone had to do it.
I did not understand the job requirements.

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    Good answer. One thing more to point out is that we generally say "I work at wherever" rather than "I have a job at wherever". So, for example: "Do you have a job?" "Yes, I work at McDonald's." – BobRodes May 18 '14 at 22:01
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    But you could also say "I got a job at McDonalds". – user3169 May 19 '14 at 0:29
  • @user3169 - Ah, "I got a job at McDonalds" – that famous refrain spoken by so many music majors shortly after graduation. :^) – J.R. May 19 '14 at 1:47
  • @J.R. This music major got a job at ComputerLand. :) – BobRodes May 19 '14 at 3:14
  • @BobRodes My music major trumps you all - he got a union job in a supermarket! – StoneyB Jun 20 '14 at 21:29

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