Grammar Patterns

V at n

II.13 The 'work' group

These verbs are concerned with working. The prepositional phrase indicates what the work is concerned with.
Not surprisingly in a large organisation, some scientists beaver away at what are, as far as the company is concerned, even quirkier projects.
He seemed destined to follow his father's path in life: laboring at menial jobs, earning just enough to support his family.
In the case of work, the preposition at is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
There is no magic cure. It's up to you. You just have to work at breaking the habit.
  • labour
  • toil
  • work
  • beaver away
  • toil away
  • work away
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