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                                                                            HOME TASK (HOMETASK) vs. ДОМАШНЕЕ ЗАДАНИЕ

(https://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst53628_Hometask.aspx)

 

Mikhail wrote:

Hello, everybody!

 

I wonder if a word "hometask" or a collocation "home task" exists? I've heard this word used to denote a piece of homework or so, but failed to find it in the British corpus. If there isn't such a word what could it possibly be understood by a native speaker?

 

It's not a collocation in AE. I would understand it, however, if it was said as, "I've some home tasks to do later today".

 

"Homework", however, is most often used and understood to mean school work that is done at home.

 

For anything else, we'd likely say we have some work to do at home, or home projects.

 

And could it mean a peace of such work like plumbing or even cleaning? I mean could I be misunderstood if I said "I have to go. I need to do my home task."?

 

As FounDit wrote, "home task" is not a phrase that English speakers would use.

We could say:

 

- I have to get home, I've got a lot to do. (Meaning a lot of work to do at home - "work" could be housework, plumbing or even paperwork)

 

- I have to go; there's work to be done.

 

- I have to go; I've got a project to finish. (A project usualy implies a fairly large piece of work, usually involving many tasks, eg, repairing the verandah or building a garage.)

 

- I have to go and do my chores. (Usually "chores" means housework or gardening. In Australia we don't usually say "chores", as it's perceived to be an AE word.)

 

 

 

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