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"Qual é a sua ocupação?"

Translation:What is your occupation?

January 1, 2013



Do you need the a in this sentence? Or can you say "qual é sua ocupação"?


"qual é sua ocupação" is correct too


I really do not understand the difference between "sua" and "a sua" ? Because, when you use a possesive pronoun you already make it definitive, thus no longer need a definitive article "the"(o or a in Portuguese). Then why we see always "a sua" o "o seu" ?


Both of forms are right, using the article is optional. But, although it seems unnecessary, we include the article most of the time.


Leaving the "a" or "o" out of the sentence makes it more casual, I think. It may also prevent you from being marked as a foreigner.


I believe this is a ggod translation and would like to know particularly mor from the brazilain portuguese case as occupation can be translated diretly s ocupation and profession. I have seen this term but in oral speech not as much as written for. Many forms in Portugal this is the word used to describe profession. yet when people speak often espelidade often comes up. Are both really acceptable or is one formally correct


Why is "its" not one of the acceptable answers here?


I believe "What is its occupation?" or "What is her occupation?" or "What is his occupation?" should all be correct. However, "What is your occupation?" is the most common translation and the one you should use.


To ask about a third person is more used "Qual é a ocupação dele(a)?". "Qual é a sua ocupação?" is really understood how a ask to the second person.


I agree! If I understood you correctly, I don't believe my post contradicts what you wrote.


Only people have occupations. Some animals do but you would not ask about an animals occupation. You do not refer to a person as "it" unless you want to be very offensive.


What do you mean "its" as in "It's your occupation?"

That would not be correct in this case. 'Qual' should be translated as 'what'. To use it would imply an occupation was already stated. ('It' would be a pronoun for something already understood.)


That person probably meant "What is its occupation?".


In the 21st century robots perform many tasks and so could be considered to have occupations. As they are neuter 'its' would be the correct translation.


This could be one of those unlikely scenarios that Duolingo loves to use as sample sentences. I am not sure that "its" would be correct as I would see a robot as e.g. performing a task rather than as having an occupation. The latter to me is something that provides an income and that often requires signing a work contract - thus it is not something I would associate with a robot but only with a real person.


If I were to translate this from Portuguese to English in real life, I would say, "where do you work?" or "what do you do for work?" This sentence sounds far too clinical.

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