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    #1

    May I ask

    Good day all,

    Which one of the following is correct:

    May I ask what do you do for a living?

    or

    May I ask what you do for a living?


    Or are they both wrong?


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    #2

    Re: May I ask

    Welcome to the forums.

    #2 is correct.


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    #3

    Re: May I ask

    Thanks

    So it is correct grammatically, but is it the best way to say it?

    should I have said, for instance, "If I may ask, what do you do for a living?"



    <<<Am I making a fuss over this?


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    #4

    Re: May I ask

    Quote Originally Posted by just4me87 View Post
    Thanks

    So it is correct grammatically, but is it the best way to say it?

    should I have said, for instance, "If I may ask, what do you do for a living?"



    <<<Am I making a fuss over this?
    It is both grammatical and the normal way of asking. Your alternative is also grammatical, but pedantic.

    You are not making a fuss, but do not get into a fuss about it!


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    #5

    Re: May I ask

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You are not making a fuss, but do not get into a fuss about it!


    Got it

    Thanks Anglika... I won... I am going to print your reply and staple it to my friend's forehead... He said that my question, the second one, was worng!
    Last edited by just4me87; 20-Jan-2010 at 21:04.

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