English Grammar | confusing nouns 1: money, wages, salary, skills, knowledge, work, job, workplace,employment, unemployment




English Grammar common mistakes | confusing nouns 1

Those who do manual work often earn less money. [correct]
Those who do manual work often earn less wages. [incorrect]

People without computer skills find it difficult to get a job nowadays. [correct]
People without computer knowledge find it difficult to get a job nowadays. [incorrect]

A salary is the total amount that a professional person is paid each year:
The marketing job offers opportunities to travel and an attractive salary.

A wage is the amount of money earned each week/ month for casual or manual work:
Tim got a painting job with a wage of $400 per week.

We use money in a more general sense:
Nowadays people need to earn a lot more money to be able to buy a house. (not earn a lot more wages)

Job refers to the type of work you do or a particular task:
My job is to manage the staff.
At home, my job is to do the ironing.

Work can be a noun or a verb and is used in a general sense:
It took a lot of work but I finished the project. (uncountable noun)
My dad works in a bank. (verb)

Workplace is the place where you work:
It is better to train in the workplace rather than at a college.

Knowledge refers to facts you have studied over time, and skills refer to practical ability.
Compare:
His knowledge of history is amazing.
I have good typing skills.

We use employment and unemployment to talk about general work trends:
Unemployment figures fell this week. (employee = a worker, employer = a boss.)

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