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    Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    Hi there,
    I'd like to know how one can answer this question using a word (for a position) rather than using a phrase or sentence.


    'What's your ideal job?'

    (The answer could be, 'I like to be a lawyer' but I was wondering if there's a single word when it comes to answering questions about one's job.)


    Best

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    Re: Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    Actress
    Mattress-tester.
    Massage-therapist-training-dummy
    Ice-cream tester
    Trophy wife

    Not all profession have single-word answers.
    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.

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    Re: Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    Thank you so much for the reply! I wonder how it's possible to recognise whether they are used to refer to 'the job title' or 'the person doing the job'.
    In some languages such as Persian, adding a syllable (a letter, in fact) to the end of the word (used for people doing the job) changes it to 'the job title'.

    For example:

    Question: What's your job?
    Answer: I'm a pilot'. [Khaleban] (the person doing the job)

    Question: What's your favourite job?
    Answer: ............. [Khalebani] (the title of the job)

    As you see the last letter will do in Persian, which is why it makes answering the second type questions a bit confusing for the Persians learning English.

    Could you kindly introduce any source where I can find more samples, or possibly any rules for that?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thank you so much for the reply! I wonder how it's possible to recognise whether they are used to refer to 'the job title' or 'the person doing the job'.
    In some languages such as Persian, adding a syllable (a letter, in fact) to the end of the word (used for people doing the job) changes it to 'the job title'.

    For example:

    Question: What's your job?
    Answer: I'm a pilot'. [Khaleban] (the person doing the job)

    Question: What's your favourite job?
    Answer: ............. [Khalebani] (the title of the job)

    As you see the last letter will do in Persian, which is why it makes answering the second type questions a bit confusing for the Persians learning English.

    Could you kindly introduce any source where I can find more samples, or possibly any rules for that?

    Cheers!
    I'm not quite sure I get your point. It should be easier in English than in Persian because we use the same word to answer both of those questions.

    What's your job?
    I'm a pilot.
    What's your ideal job?
    Pilot.

    What's your job?
    Teacher.
    What's your ideal job?
    Teacher.

    Generally your job title is also the name given to the person doing the job. I am a manager. My job title is "Manager". I am a shop assistant. My job title is "Shop Assistant".

    The only time you need different words is if you need to use the verb for what you do in your question.

    What is your job?
    Manager.
    What do you do (when you're at work)?
    I manage.

    What is your job?
    Teacher.
    What do you actually do?
    I teach.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Actress
    Mattress-tester. I'd like to try this one for a while!
    Massage-therapist-training-dummy
    Ice-cream tester
    Trophy wife As a profession?

    Not all profession have single-word answers.
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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post



    'What's your ideal job?'

    (The answer could be, 'I like to be a lawyer' but I was wondering if there's a single word

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Mehrgan:

    Nice "talking" with you again.

    I was wondering whether you were interested in something like this:


    Tom: What's your ideal job?

    Mona: Teaching. (I would like to be a teacher.)

    Legislating. (I would like to be a legislator.)

    Lawyering. (I would like to be a lawyer. Mostly said in jest!)

    Acting. (I would like to be an actor. Used for both males and females nowadays.)

    Reporting. (I would like to be a reporter/journalist.)

    Writing. (I would like to be an author.)

    Flying. (I would like to be a pilot.)

    Cooking. (I would like to be a chef.)


    Well, you get the idea.


    Sincerely yours,


    James

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    Re: Any single-word answer to these questions, please?

    It's a pleasure to see your post again. Many thanks for the great reply! Cheers!

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