What Is The Past Tense Of Work?
Work past participle and past tense are WORKED (W-O-R-K-E-D). In short, it’s a regular verb, sticking to the -ED rule.
The table below will show you all the verb forms of “work:”
|Base/Infinitive Form (V1)||work|
|Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form||works|
|Past Form (V2)||worked|
|Past Participle Form (V3)||worked|
How About The “Work” Pronunciation?
Let us walk through the British and American English accents of all the work’s verb tenses:
|British English language||American English
Many beginner English learners mispronounce “work” and “walked” as well as their past tense. So here is a quick guide on how to differentiate and say them correctly:
What Is The Meaning Of The Verb Work?
The definitions of “work” are also the backbone of today’s article. Let’s see all these meanings with detailed examples:
- To do something involving mental or physical effort, particularly as part of a job.
- The entire debate team worked on this project to a tee.
- My teammates have worked on the current job duties for roughly 3 hours.
- To earn a job.
- Hennie worked in the current company 3 years ago.
- Jimmy has worked in the petrol industry for over 30 years.
- To try to hit a goal or achieve something.
- Different groups worked harmoniously as they could make use of their fortes effectively.
- All members have worked together for quite some time to figure out the solution.
- To make somebody/yourself do something really hard.
- This video artist’s firm worked him hard.
- All students have worked very hard thanks to the teachers’ help.
- To pass or move to a particular state or place gradually.
- We worked out in California 4 years ago.
- They have worked out of Texas for nearly 9 months.
- To move aggressively.
- That acclaimed artist stared at her in horror, and his mouth worked dauntingly.
- The boat had worked in the storm before getting sunk.
- To adopt a special material to create a picture or other items.
- The seasoned mechanic worked with a toolbox and his effort.
- The professor has worked with this material for a long time.
- To make the material into a specific form by stretching, pressing, hitting it, etc.
- The farmer worked with the fibers before covering them on the ground.
- The patients have worked with a special tool to recover rapidly.
- To operate or manage something to benefit from it.
- Boys worked with their families because of the thriving profit.
- This talented team hasn’t worked together for 5 years.
- To make a specific effect.
- Her age worked against her in that job.
- This outside condition has worked against the team of writers’ success.
- To have the effect or result that you like (to be effective).
- These given pills didn’t work for my disease.
- Those newspapers have worked for my thesis.
- To make a device, machine, etc., operate
- I worked the coffee machine with seeming ease.
- The girl has worked the washing machine carelessly.
Vocabulary Quiz: Select The Correct Options
Is “Work” Just A Verb?
No. Aside from a verb, this word is also a noun with one of these meanings:
- The job someone does to earn money.
- The place where you do the job and make money.
- The current duties you have and the current responsibilities you do for work.
- Tasks that need doing.
- Materials used for doing work, notably papers, books, etc.
- The use of mental or physical power to make something.
- Things resulting from work.
- A piece of music or painting, a book, etc.
- Activities involving fixing something or building.
- The machine’s moving parts, etc.
- The consequence of an action.
- The use of force to move something.
- A place where the industrial processes take place.
What Are Some Idioms With Work?
- All in a day’s work: Part of your working life.
- All work and no play: Talk about the unhealthy working time all day long without relaxing.
- Make light work of something: To do something with little effort and rapidly.
- Make short work of somebody/something: To cope with somebody/ something quickly.
- At work:
- Affect on something.
- Be busy doing one thing.
- Set to work/get about your work: To make a start.
- The devil makes work for idle hands: Talk about someone who does not have enough to complete the job and often starts with wrongdoings.
- Good works: Kind-hearted acts to help others.
- In the works: Talk about something that is prepared or planned and will happen soon.
- A job of work: Work that you must do or are paid to do.
- Make hard work of something: To use more energy or time on one task than required.
- Dirty work: The unpleasant occupations someone does not want to do.
“Have Been Worked” Or “Have Been Work”: Which Is Correct?
The correct answer is “have been worked.” As aforementioned, “worked” is the past participle of “work.” “Worked” is a must in the passive voice phrase of “have been worked.”
Anyway, “have been work” is incorrect as for the grammatical criteria.
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