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    what do you do for a living?

    Hi

    If someone asks me: What do you do for a living?
    Can I reply: I live from my work.

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    Re: what do you do for a living?

    When someone asks "What do you do for a living?" they want to know what kind of work you do.

    You can say:

    I work for the XYZ Company.

    I am self-employed as an artist.

    I am in partnership with Mr. X and we manufacture cars.

    or . . .

    I am not employed at this time.

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    Re: what do you do for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    When someone asks "What do you do for a living?" they want to know what kind of work you do.

    You can say:

    I work for the XYZ Company.

    I am self-employed as an artist.

    I am in partnership with Mr. X and we manufacture cars.

    or . . .

    I am not employed at this time.
    Hi

    Actually I wanted to know something else.

    For example there is someone who tells me: I'm selling newspapers.
    I tell him with disbelief then: Are you trying to tell me that you live from selling newspapers. Is it OK to say so? Hope you understand :)

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    Re: what do you do for a living?

    Is is OK to ask?

    Yes, it is OK to ask, "Is that how you make your living?"

    (Selling newspaper can be very profitable! )

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    Re: what do you do for a living?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Is is OK to ask?

    Yes, it is OK to ask, "Is that how you make your living?"

    (Selling newspaper can be very profitable! )

    Hi again.

    So now I know that I can ask: Is that how you make your living?
    However, is it also OK to ask the way I asked it in my sentence, i.e.:
    Are you trying to tell me that you live from selling newspapers?

    By the way: I know that selling newspapers can be very profitable

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    #6

    Re: what do you do for a living?

    you can now ask the following questions.

    Are you trying to tell me that you make a living from selling newspapers?

    ......that you can make a living selling newspapers?

    .......that you sell newspapers for a living?

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    #7

    Re: what do you do for a living?

    OK. I get it now. Thanks.

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