When asking someone whether he's student or not, should I use an article before the noun?

For example:

Are you student or Are you a student?

Are you policeman or Are you a policeman?

Are you teacher or Are you a teacher?

I know that we use articles in declarative sentences, but I am not sure about interrogative sentences.


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“Student”, “policeman”, and “teacher” are singular count nouns describing what someone is or what job they do. We use the indefinite article in such situations. E.g. “Are you a student?”, etc.


To add to the previous answer, if you are talking about a specific student, then use the (definite article) instead of a (indefinite article) Eg.

Are you the student that got the highest marks in the examination?

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