J’aurais voulu être un auteur.

HeatherC1Kwiziq community member

J’aurais voulu être un auteur.

I thought with occupations there was no article prior to the occupation. Je suis médecin, not je suis un medecin. Is this an exception?

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Well spotted! Heather,

Although when you are talking about your job ( profession) you would never use the indefinite article when you are talking about a wish like here, you could use one -

Je suis infirmière mais j'aurais voulu/préféré  être (un) docteur 

Sometimes, the language rules are illogical just as in this case.

Hope this helps!

J’aurais voulu être un auteur.

I thought with occupations there was no article prior to the occupation. Je suis médecin, not je suis un medecin. Is this an exception?

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