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I have heard the sentence

Qual seu trabalho?

Why am I allowed to omit the verb ser here? I alredy know that you are allowed to leave out the definite article, but why the verb?

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    Does this answer your question? – tchrist Sep 13 '15 at 21:13
  • I agree that we should translate that other question and mark this one as a duplicate. – E_net4 the downvoter Sep 14 '15 at 7:58
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TL;DR: The phrase Qual seu trabalho? is allowed because there is loss of meaning by the verb omission but implies a spoken context.


In a more formal context, the verb has to be added. The article o also can be omitted because of the casual context, but in some regions may sound odd.

It is permitted under colloquial language. The verb is implied in the phrase. Under formal grammar, the verb would have to be added. Some authors

If it is a narrative text, the colloquial use would be accepted as is.

On a more formal context, like an interview transcript, if the speaker said such phrase it would be redacted as either:

Qual [o seu] trabalho?

or

Qual o seu trabalho? (sic)? [1]

The editors would add the verb under brackets or the (sic) indicator, to dispel any suspicion of an error in the transcription.

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