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nima_persian
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:13:21 AM
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Arriving at the office

Arriving at work


Would you tell me what is the difference?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:14:10 AM

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If you work in an office, it is the same thing.

But a lot of people don't work in offices!
shahidsheikh
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:36:22 AM

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If it is a Govt Office here thats mean no work at all.

And obviously work is work which is an alternate for an office (private)
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 8:27:29 AM

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I work in a large complex (factory and continental headquarters).

So I arrive at work - when I come in the gate at 6:40 am.

Then, I arrive at the office - at about 6:45 am.
Jeff Siemers
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:04:19 AM

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It varies for everyone. Some people work exclusively in an office, so either term would work for them. Some people work in an office but have duties outside of it too, they should use it accordingly. They can mean the same thing, but not always.
Aries Eroles
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:00:31 PM

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thar wrote:
If you work in an office, it is the same thing.

But a lot of people don't work in offices!


You're right! If your work is in the office, you can use any of the two. But if your work is not in the office, say you are an engineer or a mechanic, then you use the latter. Of the two the latter is the safest choice because it applies to any workplaces. :)
nima_persian
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2:18:34 PM
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Thanks.


So, is the word work a cover term ?
Ryan Ruan
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:40:00 PM

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work and office are different.
You can work in an office.
You can go to work.
But you cannot office in a work!!! :D
Kerry.P
Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 3:07:43 AM
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nima_persian wrote:
Thanks.


So, is the word work a cover term ?


Please explain what you mean by "cover term". When I understand that I might be able to answer your question.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 3:32:54 AM

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Hi Nima!

"Work" is the more general term.

Most people "Arrive at work" a few days each week.
Some people (If they work in an office) "arrive at the office"
Some people "arrive at the factory"
Some people "arrive at the mill"
Some people "Arrive at (the) school (if they are teachers, or school officials)
and so on.

The word "work" includes all the others - some like to stress that they are 'office staff', not 'workers'.

thar
Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 3:39:05 AM

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Also, 'arriving at work' implies that is the reason you are there, to work.

'Arriving at the office' just implies arriving that physical location.

You can arrive at the office in time for a party. That is going to the office, but not going to work.
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