Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 996
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    what /who do you work as

    Hello,

    I'm wondering which question word, what or who, I should use in the sentences below. I came up with the following:

    - What did you want to work as when you were a child? - A taxi driver.
    - Who did you want to be when you were a child? - A ballerina.

    I'd be grateful for help.
    Thank you.

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 18,267
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: what /who do you work as

    What did you want to be? -- Asks specifically about a profession.

    What did you want to do? -- It could be about a profession, or it could include answered like "travel the world" or "make movies" or "cure cancer."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: what /who do you work as

    - Who did you want to be when you were a child?

    This is more likely to be answered by tha name of a famous person, such as Princess Di or Madonna,

Similar Threads

  1. work long hours vs. work overtime
    By Verona_82 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Oct-2010, 20:41
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Oct-2009, 13:21
  3. volunteer work vs voluntary work
    By lucalita009 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 22-Oct-2008, 02:05
  4. Replies: 11
    Last Post: 10-Jul-2007, 11:06
  5. Difference between work at, work with and work for
    By Mahnoor in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Feb-2007, 04:08

Posting Permissions

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