Earn one's livelihood

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Hello all members! Is "how do you earn your livelihood?" a common way in American English and British English to ask about someone's job or what they do for a living?

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  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    This way of speaking belongs more to written English. Some people talk like a book, but I don't think it's a common question to ask.
    There are many ways of asking about what a person does for a living. Another "book" expression for "What job do you do?" is "What's your occupation?"
     
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