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    Question what do you do?

    What does what do you do now mean and what is the different between what do you do now and what do you do
    I know that the "now" is used by present continous such as what are you doing now?

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    Re: what do you do?

    Quote Originally Posted by moncsa001 View Post
    What does "What do you do now?" mean and what is the difference between "What do you do now?" and "What do you do?"
    I know that the "now" is used in the present continous such as "What are you doing now?"
    First, please see the annotations in red above. Your post was very hard to read because you didn't enclose the various example questions in quotes (you could have used bold too) which just left us with one very long sentence.

    The question "What do you do now?" suggests that it is a follow-up question to a question about what the person used to do for a living.

    What did you do for a living ten years ago?
    I was a taxi driver.
    What do you do now?
    I'm a football coach. (Or, of course - I'm still a taxi driver.)

    If you simply ask "What do you do?" then the respondent would automatically assume that you were talking about what job they do now.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Jun-2011 at 11:40. Reason: Extra info

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    Re: what do you do?

    There's another use for "What do you do now?"

    A: "My business burnt down last night; all my stock has been destroyed. It was barely insured."
    B: "So, what do you do now?"
    A: "I guess I'll just have to start over."

    This has the meaning of "What are you going to do now?"

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    Re: what do you do?

    Thank you very much

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