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    Question The reply for "What is your job?"

    Dear all,

    Before when I heard people asked me, “What is your job?” I always replied like this “My job is an office worker.

    I think it must be influenced by Chinese language because I have found that the native speakers don’t usually say, “my job is an office worker.” Instead, they will say, “I am an office worker.” and it seems if I want to use “my job” to go with some job titles, I will have to put “as” in the sentence. For example,

    My job is as an office worker.

    However, I am not sure what I think is right.

    Best Regards,

    Sula54

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    Re: The reply for "What is your job?"

    There are two possibilities. [1] "job" refers to your job title, and [2] "job" refers to your duties.

    [1]
    Sam: What's your job (i.e., what's your job title)?
    Pat: I'm a clerk.

    [2]
    Sam: What's your job (i.e., what are your duties)?
    Pat: I file, type, and do other office duties.

    The norm is,

    [3]
    Sam: What do you do?
    Pat: I'm a clerk (. I work) for an insurance company.

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