Purple Level

Lesson Twenty-eight


work / worked / worked / working


The verb "work" is one you probably already know, but you should consider it has a variety of applications. Generally, use "work" to describe any purposeful action: making money, managing necessary duties around the house, and physical and mental labor.

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1. She works as a nurse.

She has worked as a nurse for ten years.


2. He works as a painter.

He’s been working as a painter since he left high school.

3. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Now she’s going to work on her master’s degree.
4. He’s working at his desk.
working at desk
5. He’s working on his computer.
working at computer
6. This is where I work in the evening. (This is where I teach.)

7. Our dryer isn’t working. We have to call someone to fix it.

8. This old radio still works.

9. He’s working on a big plate of food. (Sometimes "work" means "eat.")

working on a plate of food
present tense: work / works
past tense: worked
future: will work
present continuous: am / are / is working
past continuous: was / were working
future continuous: will be working
present perfect: has / have worked
past perfect: had worked
future perfect: will have worked
present perfect continuous: has / have been working
past perfect continuous: had been working
future perfect continuous: will have been working
modal verbs: ______ work
past tense modal: ______ have worked
infinitive: to work
gerund: working
passive: yes


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the verb "hold"