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    #1

    whose job is or whose job it is

    Which of the following is correct and common?

    1) I know a guy whose job is to teach English.
    2) I know a guy whose job it is to teach English.
    3) I know a guy whose job is teaching English.

    Here are some quotes from the Ney York times:
    1) Under the proposal, almost anyone whose job is to ferret out corporate wrongdoing,...
    2) That question is characteristic of Japanese engineers, whose job it is to overcome technological hurdles rather than seek profits.

    Any difference between "whose job is..." and "whose job it is..." in the above quotes?

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    #2

    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    Numbers 1 and 3 are correct. No. 2 is not right because the original sentences are:
    I know a guy. His job is to teach English.
    When you combine them using a relative pronoun, you should say:
    I know a guy whose job is to teach English.

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    #3

    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    Looks fine to me. (Perhaps we don't use your rules over here. )

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    #4

    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    All three are correct. But the 3rd variant is the one I'd go with in real life.

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    #5

    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    Any difference between "whose job is..." and "whose job it is..." in the above quotes?

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    Great news for you!

    (1) Please go to the search box and type in these words (exactly as follows):

    It in [noun] whose [noun] it is to do

    (a) That thread has excellent answers from outstanding teachers such as Raymott and Lauralie2. (10 pages long when printed out)

    (b) The thread starter was ALJapone, who posted on December 30, 2010.

    (2) Then in search box, type in:

    Whichever one of you

    (a) That thread has excellent answers from Bob K., an outstanding teacher, and Casiopea, an outstanding member.

    (b) The thread starter was Grablevskij, who posted on August 23, 2007.

    (P.S: Excuse me for not providing the links. I am computer illiterate.)

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    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    All three are correct. But the 3rd variant is the one I'd go with in real life.
    All of them are correct?!!! How can No. 2 (I know a guy whose job it is to teach English.) be correct? What is the use of "it" in the sentence?!

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    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    All of them are correct?!!! How can No. 2 (I know a guy whose job it is to teach English.) be correct? What is the use of "it" in the sentence?!
    You get it from the original sentences, as you say. In this case, they are:
    I know a guy. It's the guy's job to teach English.

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    #8

    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    Sorry, but I don't understand it. Maybe because it's past midnight now in Iran!

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    #9

    Re: whose job is or whose job it is

    [QUOTE=English Freak;798856]Sorry, but I don't understand it.


    ATTENTION: NOT A TEACHER


    Here is how I explain it to myself. I do not claim that I am correct.

    (1) Two sentences: A journalist is a person. His job is to report the news.

    Sentence combining: A journalist is a person whose job is to report the news.

    ***

    (2) Two sentences: A journalist is a person. It is her job to report the news.

    Unacceptable combining: A journalist is a person it is whose job to report the news.

    Acceptable combining: A journalist is a person whose job it is to report the news.

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