To write work report through an email, can I say:

I was working on these tasks:

  1. Something
  2. Something ...

Or should I say 'I was working with these tasks'...?

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    I was working on these tasks Aug 8, 2014 at 21:38
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    But I'd probably use simple past: I worked on these tasks:
    – Jim
    Aug 8, 2014 at 21:46
  • To be frank though, your boss probably wants to know what you accomplished with respect to each of those tasks. Instead of saying "I worked on building the bridge" you could say "I got the foundation poured and got 2 trusses constructed and am 25% complete on grading the western approach."
    – Jim
    Aug 8, 2014 at 21:50
  • How about "work with questions"? @Jim
    – Kinzle B
    Aug 9, 2014 at 10:54
  • @ZhanlongZheng- How do you mean? Last week I worked with Bob and Joe creating a video demonstrating our new product. Last week I worked with some elderly patients helping them to rearrange some furniture in their rooms. Last week I worked with oil paints and created two paintings- next week I plan to work with watercolors.
    – Jim
    Aug 9, 2014 at 17:42

1 Answer 1


Use the first form. Working with is more appropriate when referring to working with tools or working with friends


was working is the past continuous tense. To imply the work is complete, use the simple past tense.

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