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Kwiziq community member
11 March 2018
Je suis un élève
Is it correct or should be considered as a profession like étudiant ?
This relates to:Don't use un, une when giving people's professions (zero article) -
Kwiziq language super star
12 March 2018
Bonjour Nabeel !
Very interesting question.
Here both could be used, with slightly different contexts.
If you were describing your "professional" situation - i.e. what you do in life - then you would indeed omit the article: Je suis pompier, je suis professeur, je suis élève.
However, you could also use Je suis un/une élève in the following contexts:- if you were mistaken for a teacher, and wanted to contrast your situation:"I'm a pupil, not a teacher." -> Je suis un élève, pas un professeur.
- in cases such as "I'm one of his pupils" -> Je suis un de ses élèves.
- if you described what kind of pupil you are:Je suis un excellent élève.
I hope that's helpful!Bonne journée !
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