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My other day job is that of the father of two.

What does 'that of' do here? Is it necessary to complete the sentence?

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The usage of "that of" here might be a "shortening" of

My other day job is the job of the father of two.

to avoid using the word "job" twice.

However, I find both the above sentence as well as the original sentence a bit clunky. A more natural (US English) phrasing might be

My other day job is being the father of two.

There is a good discussion of the usage of "that of" here.

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