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    for living or for a living??

    teachers,

    When you ask a person his occupation by saying "what do you do?", which of the followings are considered correct?

    What do you do for living? or What do you do for a living?

    Similarly,

    What does he do for living? or What does he do for a living?
    What do they do for living or What do they do for a living?

    Awaits your kind answers, thank you.

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    Re: for living or for a living??

    Quote Originally Posted by jibou View Post
    teachers,

    When you ask a person his occupation by saying "what do you do?", which of the followings are considered correct?

    What do you do for living? or What do you do for a living?

    Similarly,

    What does he do for living? or What does he do for a living?
    What do they do for living or What do they do for a living?

    Awaits your kind answers, thank you.
    Hi, jibou!

    Simple answers to your questions:
    What do you do for living? I breathe air and eat food.
    What do you do for a living (wage)? I am a teacher at Smith School.

    Similarly,

    What does he do for living? He breathes air and eats food.
    What does he do for a living (wage)? He is a chef at Smith's Restaurant.

    A more direct question is, "What is your profession?" Or, "What line of work are you in?"

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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