Quite often, as an English teacher, I’ve noticed that my students don’t know the difference between “what do you do?” and “what are you doing?” Well, let me explain because it is very simple. The question “what do you do?” is used to ask about a person’s occupation. You should distinguish it from “what are you doing?” because it refers to your current activity.

A: What are you doing? (You’re asking what the person is doing at present moment)
B: I’m mowing the grass. (The person is answering in the Present Continuous Tense about their current activity.)

We can answer the question ‘what do you do?’ in more than one way:

I am + occupation
I am a police officer, I’m a teacher, I’m a student.
Don’t forget to use an indefinite article before the name of the profession.

I work at + name of the company
I work at Coca Cola, I work at General Motors.

I work in + place
I work in school, I work in a hospital.

I work for + organization
I work for the government, I work for the BBC.

 Ways to Answer the Question 'What Do You Do?'
Ways to Answer the Question ‘What Do You Do?’

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