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    When I ask about somebody's occpation.

    For examples, when I ask about the occupation of my friend's, can I say

    "What is your father?" or
    "Who is your father?"

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    Re: When I ask about somebody's occpation.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    For examples, when I ask about the occupation of my friend's, can I say

    "What is your father?" or
    "Who is your father?"
    Neither.

    What is your father? My father is a man.
    Who is your father? My father is Mr Smith.

    What does your father do [for a living]? He's a doctor.

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    Re: When I ask about somebody's occpation.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    For example, when I ask about the occupation of my friend's, can I say

    "What is your father?" In the right context, this one would work.
    My father is a mechanic. What is your father?

    But without context, use emsr2d2's last quuestion.
    "Who is your father?"
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    Re: When I ask about somebody's occpation.

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    I see. Thank you very much.

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