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Ashraful Haque Ashraf
Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 4:58:56 PM

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I've looked up 'put in the work' but all the results are about 'put in work' without the article. Is using 'the' wrong here?
I want to say the following:
"You will reach your dream if you put in the work."
georgew
Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:15:24 PM

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Ashraful Haque Ashraf wrote:
I've looked up 'put in the work' but all the results are about 'put in work' without the article. Is using 'the' wrong here?
I want to say the following:
"You will reach your dream if you put in the work."


The article is optional in your example.

thar
Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 2:53:57 AM

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Maybe this is a difference between AmE and BE, but also there is the general rule for definite articles.

Work is uncountable, so without the article it is unspecified.

But here it is specified.

If your dream is to become a pilot, it won't happen simply by you putting in a lot of work on your music.

You will achieve your dream if you put in the work [that you need to do to achieve that dream]



Ashraful Haque Ashraf
Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 11:27:05 AM

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thar wrote:
Maybe this is a difference between AmE and BE, but also there is the general rule for definite articles.

Work is uncountable, so without the article it is unspecified.

But here it is specified.

If your dream is to become a pilot, it won't happen simply by you putting in a lot of work on your music.

You will achieve your dream if you put in the work [that you need to do to achieve that dream]





This is exactly what was going through my mind while posting it. I'm preparing for my IELTS test and I've purchased 3 months IELTS lesson plan on magoosh.com. Here's a line from one of the lessons:
"Okay, with all of that, if you put in the time, even though it's a short amount of time a couple of weeks......"

Here's what I understand:
1) If you put in the time= the time necessary to finish your lessons.
2) If you put in time= spend time on it (the time is unspecified).
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