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    Hi there,


    Is there difference between 'what do you do?' and 'What do you do for a living?'?

    Thanks
    simon

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    The latter is more specific, asking a person about his job or occupation.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 02-Jun-2008 at 03:41. Reason: typo


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    No...but they would be said at different moments in a conversation.
    He: What do you do for a living?
    She: I run my own company. What do you do?

    If two people are chatting at a cocktail party and one says, "It's a full life with three young children." If you then ask, "What do you do?", don't be surprised if he says, "We get the grandparents to babysit as often as possible!", rather than telling you about his job.
    It must fit into the flow of conversation to have meaning, otherwise you need to signal to the listener that you are changing topic and hence be more specific.

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    It must fit into the flow of conversation
    Agree with you, it depends on the context.
    But it is still about being general or specific.

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