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    Hanna
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    "Чем Вы занимаетесь?"

    Is this right?
    Quote Originally Posted by Some website about Russian
    Чем Вы занимаетесь? = What do you do for a living?
    If so, how can that be, since:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mail.ru dictionary
    занимать, занять
    I (вн.; брать взаймы)
    borrow (d.)
    II занять (вн.)
    1. (в разн. знач.) occupy (d.), take* up (d.)
    [s:2bz3q1p3]I had a long day at work and this makes no sense!!! [/s:2bz3q1p3]

    PS. also found: Ты чем занимаешься? using the reflective verb....

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    Re: "Чем Вы занимаетесь?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna
    If so, how can that be...
    It's important to distinguish a reflexive verb заниматься from a verb занимать.
    Чем вы занимаетесь? = What are you doing? (at this very moment, curiosity is implied ).
    Чем вы занимаетесь (в жизни)? = What do you do for a living? (like you said).
    Она хочет заниматься (заняться) танцами. - She wants to take up dancing.
    Они занимаются спортом - They go in for sports.

    Это занимает много времени - It takes much time.
    Ты занимаешь у него 1000 рублей - You borrow 1000 roubles from him.
    Диван занимает много места. - The sofa occupies a lot of room.
    Спортсмен занял первое место - The sportsman took first place.
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    Re: "Чем Вы занимаетесь?"

    Thanks!
    Examples are always good for understanding, I think...
    I will review them carefully.
    Maybe I am just tired... Everything I tried to learn this evening seemed hard and confusing...

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    Re: "Чем Вы занимаетесь?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanna
    Everything I tried to learn this evening seemed hard and confusing...
    sounds like Russian!
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    Re: "Чем Вы занимаетесь?"

    Word-by-word translation:
    Чем_Вы_занимаете_сь?
    With what_you_occupy_yourself?
    "Россия для русских" - это неправильно. Остальные-то чем лучше?

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    Re: "Чем Вы занимаетесь?"

    Oops... It makes sense now... I must have been very tired indeed.
    Thanks everyone!!

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