His occupation is valet/a valet

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Wookie

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Korea, Korean
His occupation is valet/a valet.

I know that "He is a valet" is correct.
But do I need to put "a" before "valet" in the example above?
 
  • nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    His occupation is valet/a valet.

    I know that "He is a valet" is correct.
    But do I need to put "a" before "valet" in the example above?
    I wonder.............

    Dictionary.com gives this example "Her occupation was dentistry".

    So, he's a valet, he works as a valet, his occupation is personal service......? (not sure at all :p.............)

    And then I found this in Cambridge Dictionary

    1 a person's job:
    In the space marked 'occupation' she wrote 'police officer'.
     

    Flash3

    Senior Member
    United States and American English
    Neither of them really sound natural. You can't really say it correctly like that because valet was taken from French. So, you'd have to settle for "He is a valet" or "He works as a valet".
     
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