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Evilmenina9
Peru

Question???
 
Hey guys, one question , pliz help me
 
Can I say :
 
What are you ? .... so a possible answer could be: I ´m a nurse

4 Jan 2011      



zailda
Brazil

I ´d ask: What do you do for a living?

4 Jan 2011     



Evilmenina9
Peru

Well I asked that because I found that question in one worksheet from this page, let me show you :
 

 1. (Who, What) is he? He is a driver.

 2. (Who, What) is she? She is Mrs. Sonya.

 3. (Who, What) is she? She is a nurse.

 
So I wanted to be sure, coz I ´m gonna use this worksheet with my Ss.

4 Jan 2011     



douglas
United States

Yes you can say it, but it is usually used when careers or professions are already the topic of discussion.

4 Jan 2011     



Apodo
Australia

The only time I ´d ask ´What are you? ´ is at a Fancy Dress Ball and the person was dressed as an object eg: a bottle of beer. 
 
 
You can ´t use this question to ask about someone ´s occupation.
 
For occupations: What do you do?
 
I´ve just seen your next post with the worksheet examples:

You can say ´What is he/she?´ when looking at pictures of people with students.

or ´What are you?´ in a guessing game.

4 Jan 2011     



douglas
United States

"I ´m a teacher, what are you?"

4 Jan 2011     



Apodo
Australia

I ´m a teacher, what do you do? ´ would sound better though IMHO

4 Jan 2011     



douglas
United States

...but it ´s not wrong.

4 Jan 2011     



Evilmenina9
Peru

so the worksheet is wrong??? :S

4 Jan 2011     



Evilmenina9
Peru

thanx for your comments douglas.
I ´m gonna use for my Ss, bye

5 Jan 2011