I was taught to ask about occupations the way you have expressed. Why is DL using sentence structure that is not common? I am sure your crystal ball is not telling you all... however, as a Moderator do you not have some pull to improve the sentences. I am sure you have noticed that most complaints are of the same nature, and yet, nothing changes.
I can't change the sentences myself, what I've done in the past is alert Monica for the blatantly wrong ones I've found, and she fixed them pretty quickly; sentences such as this aren't common but aren't wrong either, so I can't see why they shouldn't be taught. I suppose they were added to the lesson for a reason, either to show that there's another way to say it or to show that come can mean both like and as.
I see what you mean. In portuguese if we use this very same structure, it won't be wrong, but asking a person is He IS (or directly Are You) engenheiro/professor/policial is way more natural. However, with this sentence I learnt more about the use of the verb "lavore". It ended up being something helpful.
Look at "Tips & notes" (only in web version of Duolingo). There are three ways to specify an occupation in Italian:
Fare + determinate article + profession (e.g. Faccio il medico): by far the most common way. It describes the person's current role as an activity.
Essere + indeterminate article + profession (e.g. Sono un medico - I am a medic): similar to the English construction, it describes the person's professional category. It can be used even if the person doesn't currently work in the profession, and the indefinite article can be dropped in informal contexts.
Lavorare come + profession (e.g. Lavoro come medico - I work as a medic): more formal than the previous versions, it describes the current occupation but might not be the role the person identifies with.
I translated "Tu lavori come ingegnere?" to "Do you work like an engineer?", and laughed when I came to the correct translation.
This is why....
First, I translated the phrase to "You work like an engineer". Upon seeing the question mark, I changed it to "Do you work like an engineer?"
I felt that though it may be a stange question, there is a chance I would ask a similar question of someone whose occupation is one that I am not familiar with.
I also thought that perhaps it would be a similar sentence construction with "Tu lavori come un cane." ( "You work like a dog!"; meaning you work very hard. )
When I saw the right translation, I laughed at my own silliness!
Okay, over-thinking it.
Anyway, I think it is good that the phrase to translate is "Tu lavori come ingegnere?" as I learned another translation for "come".
-- Question 1 --
So, if I really want to ask "Do you work like a engineer?", please tell me if there is another suitable Italian word to use so as not to confuse with "Tu lavori come ingegnere?".
-- Question 2 -- Would it be rude to say "Tu lavori come un cane!" to a friend who is working like a dog?
( Io imparo lento come una tartaruga perché Io sono smemorata come un pesce rosso. Hehee... )
Edit: Thanks @michi819458.
I type "Do you work as engineers?" it says X "Do you work as engineer?" Good English have.
Here is an ad on the internet looking for a babysitter. It is an Italian and I thought it was interesting.
Trova lavoro come babysitter
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