For the time being I stop working/to work.

“For the time being I stop working.” Is this a correct sentence to express that one stops working for a period of time but later on probably will continue to work?
Or is it “For the time being I stop to work”?

This doesn’t really work because

suggests during this present time and clashes with ‘I stop’ in the present simple. I would suggest: For the time being I am stopping work. ‘Stop’ is usually followed with an ‘ing’ form in the following verb when it is used to suggest that you no longer do something.


How about : “At the moment I’m not sure if I’ll start working again.”?


Hi Biro,

The use of the simple present form of ‘stop’ does not work in your sentence(s). The expression ‘for the time being’ refers to a temporary period of time.

You could say one of these, for example:

  • For the time being I have stopped working.
  • For the time being, I am going to stop working.

The phrase ‘stop to work’ has a different meaning than ‘stop working’ – and you might even say that the two phrases have opposite meanings. ‘Stop to work’ would basically mean that you stop doing one thing so that you can start working.

[size=75]“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” ~ Robert Frost[/size]