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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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