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    Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    Hi, teachers. Which answer should i use?

    Q: What is John's occupation?

    A: 1. "He is an insurance agent."

    A: 2. "His occupation is an insurance agent."

    I know that the first answer is definitely right. But somebody told me that the second was not quite right. I can not see any difference between the two. Teachers, please help.

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    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneWang View Post
    Hi, teachers. Which answer should i use?

    Q: What is John's occupation?

    A: 1. "He is an insurance agent."

    A: 2. "His occupation is an insurance agent."

    I know that the first answer is definitely right. But somebody told me that the second was not quite right. I can not see any difference between the two. Teachers, please help.

    From learner Joanne
    You would probably hear #1 more often but both are OK.

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    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    Hi, teachers. Do i have to say "His occupation is selling insurance." so that the sentence is perfectly right?

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    #4

    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    A: What is his occupation?

    B: He is an insurance agent.

    or

    He sells insurance.

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    Others are possible.



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    #5

    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    What about

    His occupation is insurance agent.

    without "an"?

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    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    RonBee has given you the best alternatives. Your latest option (His occupation is selling insurance) is grammatically correct, but we would not repeat so much of the question in the answer.

    As RonBee says, there will be other ways of saying the same thing, but none will be as natural to us.

    Birdeen, if you really want to use the words 'His occupation' AND 'insurance agent' you'll have to link them thus: 'His occupation is that of an insurance agent'. This would only be used formally, in prose, and not in answer to the original question because of the repetition.

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    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    You would probably hear #1 more often but both are OK.
    He is not his occupation. I don't see what makes 2 OK.

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    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    He is not his occupation. I don't see what makes 2 OK.
    My feeling too.

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    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    People do say this sort of thing - I'm reminded of the lyric 'If a tinker were my trade...'. But in many cover versions - including mine in a former life - it becomes 'If a tinker's were my trade...'.

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    #10

    Re: Any problem to say "His occupation is an insurance agent."?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    What about

    His occupation is insurance agent.

    without "an"?
    Yes, I think it makes #2 more acceptable.

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