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What are the differences between work and working when used as nouns?

For example:

Advocates claim that work/working brings a lot of benefits for young people.

Which one is correct? I have searched in a dictionary but they are defined with nearly the same meaning.

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It's the difference between saying:

Having something to do has a lot of benefits for young people.


The act of doing something has a lot of benefits for young people.

The first corresponds to work, the second to working.

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@FumbleFingers- I keep trying to tell my boss this, but she doesn't seem to care. – Jim Jan 5 '13 at 2:31
She probably thinks playing with words/wordplay here on ELU should be enough to satisfy you! – FumbleFingers Jan 5 '13 at 2:51

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