Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    diplomacy is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    240
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default question on grammar

    which one is correct and why?

    what do you do? or what are you doing?

    the answer is I am an engineer.

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,152
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: question on grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by diplomacy View Post
    which one is correct and why?

    what do you do? or what are you doing?

    the answer is I am an engineer.
    When you are talking about a job, the question is "What do you do (for a living)?

    If you ask someone "What are you doing?" then you are asking them what they are actually doing right now.

    What are you doing?
    I'm having a cup of coffee.

    What are you doing?
    I'm writing a letter to a friend.

  3. #3
    The Majesty's Avatar
    The Majesty is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    28
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: question on grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    When you are talking about a job, the question is "What do you do (for a living)?

    If you ask someone "What are you doing?" then you are asking them what they are actually doing right now.

    What are you doing?
    I'm having a cup of coffee.

    What are you doing?
    I'm writing a letter to a friend.
    You explained very well thanks alot
    >>>>>><<<<<<<<
    the first Q is about Job or career
    the second one is about things that happening at particular time and place.

Similar Threads

  1. grammar terminology question
    By foramoment in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Dec-2006, 14:22
  2. a grammar question
    By Trex in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30-Nov-2006, 19:53
  3. grammar question
    By kimr in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Mar-2006, 22:45
  4. grammar question
    By amigo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Oct-2004, 12:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •