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    Is this correct?

    What does your father do?
    He is a doctor.
    Can we say "what is your father?
    Thanks

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    Re: Is this correct?

    You can say that if the conversation has already established that you're talking about occupations.

    So your father is a dentist.
    No, it's my mom who is a dentist.
    Oh, I see. What is your dad then?

    Even so, I don't recommend it. It sounds too much like you are defining the entire person by his occupation.

    A response to "What is your father" could be anything from "A terrific fellow" to "About 1.9 meters" to "A doctor," depending on the context of the conversation.

    [a business writer, not a teacher]

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    Re: Is this correct?

    A: What is your father?
    B: What do you mean?
    A: What does he do?
    B: Oh. He's a lawyer.
    "What is your father?" is likely to come across as a bit odd.

    ~R

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