your job again

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your job again

Post by azz » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:36 pm

a. What was your job again?

Can't this sentence mean two things?

1. Tell me one more time what your job is. You told me once, but I forgot.
2. Tell me one more time what your job was. (maybe I am the boss and I have just decided to fire you. There are other possibilities too.)

Many thanks.
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Re: your job again

Post by Bobinwales » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:20 pm

You are quite correct.
"I have forgotten what you do for a living" is perfectly reasonable.
Using the same words to mean,"What am I paying you for?" would also make sense.
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Signature: All those years gone to waist!
Bob in Wales

Re: your job again

Post by tony h » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:45 pm

Before I read your options, my first thought of a scenario was of an interrogator going over statements with a witness

Q: What was your job again?
A: At the end of the shift my job is to check the remaining drugs in the cabinet tally with the chits for the issued drugs.
or
A: To find a suitable hideaway to use after the robbery and to drive the getaway car.
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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