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Post by ccosta » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:31 am

Hi everyone!
I'm an English teacher of ESL and while I was teaching occupations these days a student asked me if she could answer the question "What is his/her occupation?" with the sentence "Her/His occupation is...". I said I never saw this structure before, I usually see the answer "He/She is...", but I promised I would search about it.
So, what can you say? Is this structure "Her/His occupation is..." ungrammatical or not? Formal, informal uses.... What do you know about it?

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Re: Occupations

Post by Joe » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:55 am

His/her occupation is... :ok:
or for political correctitude
Her/his occupation is... :ok:

This is very very normal for native speakers BUT only in informal writing.
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