Work and job

Once upon a time, there was a stonecutter, a man who cut stones from the mountains to make people’s house. He was very good at his job, and he loved his work.

Question: The “work” in the sentence means his job, or his piece of work?

Thank you!!!

it means he enjoys the actual process of the job, and more the result of his job not just one specific piece of work.

In this case he enjoys cutting the stone and making houses, he enjoys the work itself and not just the money it might bring in.

Hope that helps

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In your example ‘work’ and ‘job’ are practically synonymous. You could swap them, or you could use just one of them in both phrases, and it would have the much same meaning, though English does not like using the same word twice in a sentence like that if it is avoidable.

In other contexts, they’re not exactly equal. For one thing, in the sense of this example ‘work’ is a collective noun. I have work. I do not have ‘a work’. I do have a job, and I have much work at my job. I like my job because I like the work I do at my job. I like my work.

Someone who does not work all the time in one place doing much the same thing can use ‘job’ to refer to a specific engagement at a certain place. When I hired an electrician to install a new outlet, he had a job at my house. The next day he probably had a different job somewhere else. In this example ‘job’ means an engagment for pay to do a certain amount of work A construction company can refer to the complex task of erecting an entire building under contract as a job. But, as for myself, I have a single job in an office (or at home nowadays).