Suppose I have done some computer projects (i.e. built some programs). Now instead of the word "projects" I want to use "work". How can I use it to mean projects?

Work or Works?

Do they convey the same meaning? If so, which one (project or work) do you think is better to use in this case?

  • This is highly dependent on context. You need to give us the specific scenarios you're considering. – Hot Licks Nov 15 '18 at 23:35
  • What variety of English are you asking about? In the country I'm visiting just now they seem to say "a works" when I would say "a construction project". – The Photon Nov 15 '18 at 23:43
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    Your question might be better-received if you could indicate why you want to use the word workprojects is well-understood and conventional. Referring to software projects as your works in American English sounds incredibly pretentious and egocentric. – choster Nov 16 '18 at 0:04
  • @ThePhoton in the UK and, I think the US as well, "a works" or "the works" would be a large industrial site such as a steelworks, a chemical plant or an oil refinery. – BoldBen Nov 16 '18 at 7:29

The phrase computer projects is the more typical and understood choice. The noun work could refer to a singular piece, as in a work of art. Similarly works could refer to multiple such pieces, The Great Works of Western Literature. Unfortunately a program work or computer works isn't clearly understandable compared to classical art.

However, work is also a verb, as in I work on computer programs, as well as a mass noun as in I do a lot of programming work. Not to mention the present tense He works on computers. It also means to function as in That broken computer doesn't work very well.

Better to use project and avoid all that.

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