I am describing architecture for computing. Units work together in a group. More units can be added as needed. More units in a group mean that the group can handle more data.

I want to write something like this:

If the group is overloaded, a new unit can be added to take over a part of a job.

However, I'm not sure about the phrase "to take over a part of a job". Is it correct in this context? Or would you express it differently?


  • '... to absorb some of the workload' might sound better, though I'm not totally confident about the appropriateness of the metaphorical broadening of 'workload' here. You probably have a better feel for this in the relevant domain. If you feel this works, I'll convert to an 'answer'; I'm trying to keep to ELU's 'don't use comments for answers' policy. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 10 '18 at 9:13
  • to take over part of the jobs sounds more natural unless you specifically mean only one part of one job. – Elgs Qian Chen Apr 10 '18 at 9:32

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