homeworkhome‧work /ˈhəʊmwɜːk $ ˈhoʊmwɜːrk/ ●●●S2 noun [uncountable]1SESWORK THAT somebody DOESwork that a student at school is asked to do at home → classworkFor homework, finish the exercise on page 14.2PREPAREif you do your homework, you prepare for an important activity by finding out information you need → researchIt’s worth doing a bit of homework before buying a computer.GRAMMAR: Countable or uncountable?• Homework is an uncountable noun and is not used in the plural. You say: The teacher gave us a lot of homework.✗Don’t say: The teacher gave us a lot of homeworks.• Homework is always followed by a singular verb. The homework was really difficult.• When talking about one essay or exercise that you have to do, you say a piece of homework: I just have one more piece of homework to do.COLLOCATIONSverbsdo your homeworkPaul, have you done your homework?give (somebody) homework (also set (somebody) homework British English)The teacher gave them some homework to do by Monday.help somebody with their homeworkI often have to help her with her homework.hand in your homework (=give it to the teacher)You must hand in your homework by Friday.start/finish your homeworkYou’re not going out until you’ve finished your homework.hand in your homework (=give homework you have done to your teacher)He always hands his homework in on time.NOUNS + homeworkbiology/history/French etc homeworkThe science homework was really hard.phrasesa piece of homeworkI still have one piece of homework left to do.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘make/write your homework’. Say do your homework.
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homework• Don't you kids have any homework?• I don't have any homeworktonight.• For homework, I'd like you to finishexercises 2 and 3 on page 24.• Dave, have you done your French homework?• There were two more open airs during the week and somewhere in between all this activity the children had homework to complete.• I'm sorry Gail, but Amber has to stay home and do her homework.• We were in the middle of that when he was called inside to do his homework and I was sent home.• Housework, homework, work in fields, farms and factories.• I pointed out that the same students were handing in homework in their other classes.• Go to your room and do your mathhomework before you start watchingTV.• Mrs Burgess gives more homework than the other teachers.• More tests, more homework, more drill, more hours, more days.• Oh, I've got so much homework to do!• My brother always used to help me with my homework.• The amount of homework help that parents give should also affectresults.• Have you got a lot of homework then?• Did you get your homework done Jason?• You don't hand your homework in on time, or you don't even bother to do it.doing ... homework• I get good grades by just going through the steps and doing the homework and turning it in.• I hope Alice and Christopher are doing their homework - are they?• Y., where he was supposed to be doing his homework.• Flora was lying on her bedroomfloordoing her homework.• A good student, particularly in subjects like math and science, he spends hours in his room doing homework and reading.• I was doing my homework - sort of.