Grammar Patterns

in N

The 'work' group

These nouns refer to work or employment. We include here in the pay of, which indicates that someone is being paid secretly to do something that they may be ashamed of or that other people may criticise.
'So you think I'm in the pay of the police?' Cross asked.
Those in work will have to pay higher taxes to finance the pensions and long-term care needs of the old.
  • in employment*
  • in harness
  • in service*
  • in work*
  • in the employ of .../in my employ
  • in the pay of ...
  • The nouns marked with an asterisk (*) also have the pattern into N.
    The objective was to actually get people back into employment.

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