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The/a/an usage question [duplicate]

In the book I am studying in , I saw these two sentences: After a university education, she got married. These days, women have as good an education as men, which I think is a good thing ...
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Using the phrase 'a number of' with countable/uncountable nouns and verbs in singular/plural

Find the mistake: Every year, an enormous number of paper is used to produce books. My thoughts so far: After googling I found that when using "a number of" we use plural verb (i.e., are). Is ...
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ending questions with a preposition [on hold]

Is it grammaticaly correct to end a question with a preposition?, i.e, Who are you speaking with? Where are you at? What is it for? Thanks for your help
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Question using this structure “Since … is …, could we …?”

I want to give a fact and then make a question. like this: Since this info is important for investigation, could we store it for later use? Is that correct?
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Please let me know if I can improve this question / sentence :) [closed]

I need to ask my collegues something but I am not sure if it is writting in correct English. Can somebody please help me with this? Thank you in advance! Here's what I have written: On behalf of ...
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Do you use a question mark or period in this sentence?

"What happened, if you don't mind me asking." If you split it in to two different sentences: "What happened?" and "If you don't mind me asking." you can tell where the question mark and period goes. ...
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“How much” questions without auxiliary verb

Are all these questions and their answers possible? a) How much costs this book? -> Ten dollars costs this book. (Ten dollars as a singular subject, the price). b) How much costs this book? -> Ten ...
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Is there a term for a question that is only a question because of a question mark? [duplicate]

I sent a friend a question in the form: Just trying to remember how we know each other? That is a "statement" without the question mark at the end. Is there a term for this? Since it does not ...
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Is asking a question in the form 'What that impression might be?' acceptable?

Someone wrote to me - Because you have an impression of me that's not true maybe. I responded What that impression might be? Is that acceptable or not?
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“How do you…?” --> “You have to…?” / “I have to…?”

I need help. Is it correct to answer How do you...? type of questions with You have to...? For example, Person A: How do you wash your clothes? Person B: First, you have to separate colored ...
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Use of “If you really want to”

If somebody says, "If you really want to leave me, then let me know," which reply would be correct in the English language—"Yes I do" or "Yes I really do"?
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Responding to a question correctly with yes or no [duplicate]

This question has been irking me for a while and I cannot seem to find any answer. Take something simple such as: Question:"Did you not enjoy eating at the restaurant?" Response: "No." ...
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How do I respond to this? [closed]

I asked someone how their day is going. They responded "Hello and it's going lol" how do i respond to that? or was that a way of saying dont bother me?
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Can you use a semicolon to separate a question?

e.g., "I'm ordering five guys; do you want some?
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A polite form to change the time of an appointment

I want to ask what the best form for changing a meeting time is. What is the formal way for suggesting another time? Is my sentence ok? Also, is obligatory the right way to describe a class which I ...
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How to answer this “as … as” comparison?

With the question, "Is [noun1] as [adjective] as [noun2]?", should one answer in the negative or affirmative when [noun1] is more [adjective] than [noun2]? Example: Animal Top speed ======= ...
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To make it clear + question (or to be sure, to make sure)

"To make it clear", "To be sure", "To make sure" + Question I'm wondering if I can use some of them like this?: To make clear, what is the most important requirement for the project? To be sure, ...
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Is the question “If you didn't break the vase, who did?” a conditional sentence?

My problem is that I was taught (I think wrongly) that whenever a conditional sentence refers to past, there should be past perfect tense in the if clause, as in example 1. Example 1: If you ...
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Position of interrogative auxiliary verbs as replies to statements [closed]

Imagine someone states the following to you: I think you're mistaken. We've never traveled to Italy together. What's the difference between the following two responses, if any? Haven't we? ...
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Should this sentence have a question mark? [closed]

Should the following sentence have a question mark?" Can you ask your dad to come as quickly as possible, she needs a doctor to check her leg.
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How should I phrase this question correctly? [closed]

I am having trouble phrasing this question. Are both these versions grammatically correct? Which one is the best? Any suggestions would be very helpful. Thank you. What are mandatory, recommended ...
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For what period of time [duplicate]

There is a mathematical model. Model can give a forecast for some duration (hours, days, years). But the forecast will not be equally accurate for different periods of time. How should I ask for what ...
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“Which course are you enrolled in?” vs. “Under which course are you enrolled?”

If I want to ask someone about the course they are taking, what would be the more appropriate usage: Which course are you enrolled in? Under which course are you enrolled?
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The use of 'there' in questions

I'm an English teacher in Belgium and would like to know the following... I gave my students the sentence 'There were a lot of people in the shop.' I asked my students to make a good question to get ...
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Can words like “what” be the subject of a sentence?

In a question like "Who hears a noise?", is the subject of the sentence who? I can think of a few tests for subjects like: "the subject is the phrase that inverts with the auxiliary to form a ...
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A question asked in order to expose ignorance

I am looking for a particular word that describes: a question that is asked in order to expose ignorance/lack of knowledge. As with a rhetorical question, the questioner knows the answer, but ...
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How easy it is or How easy is it [duplicate]

The actual sentence goes like this: How easy it is to integrate the two applications? or How easy is it to integrate the two applications? To my understanding 'How easy it is' wrong if used as a ...
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Answering a multiple-choice question with “yes”?

I don't know if it's my incompetence in the English language, or if it's other people trying to mess with my head, but... When you ask someone a question such as "What do you like, X or Y?", and they ...
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to- infinitive: Is it correct to say or ask…? [closed]

Is it correct to say or ask: What is a rich man to do with no light in his eyes? (meaning: What is it that a depressive rich man can do?) What is a rich man to do but hide? (meaning: ...
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Is saying 'What did you think' acceptable?

Can you please tell me what is correct: The situation is that you have been to a movie with another person. At the end of the movie you ask: What did you think of the movie? I want to know ...
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Can you ask a question without a question mark?

So if you're an X, you get a free pass on being a Y. Thanks for that. Is that sentence a question? I would call it a statement, but someone is insisting that it is a question, and gave this ...
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Question Be … like?

I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct: Q: What will be your typical day at work like? I am curious about the word order - shouldn't it be "What will your typical day at work be ...
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Vocabulary advice for non native English speaker [closed]

I am not native speaker & aiming to work as Software Engineer by the end of this year. To work as engineer in addition to other skills one needs communication skills. I do have problem with this ...
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Grammatically correct answer to incorrect question [closed]

I'm just curious what is correct to say in this situation. Let's have a person A which can speak English but not very well (like me). Person A is going to ask me whether I work in company X. But he ...
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How is this sentence correct? “How does this machine work?” [duplicate]

Which is the correct one, and why? How does this machine work? How does this machine works? How this machine works?
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Word order in: What would be the further steps? [closed]

What is the right word order in sentence: What would be the further steps? or What would the further steps be?
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Question on use of subjunctive [duplicate]

In the classic American children's show Spongebob Squarepants, one line in the theme song goes like this: If nautical nonsense be something you wish and it is then followed by the chorus. My ...
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Help us decide vs. help us to decide [duplicate]

I'm having a hard time to decide between the correct form. Is it "help us decide" or "help us to decide"? Please also state the reason for your answer. Thank you very much!
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Is “If you be…” correct? [duplicate]

Are the "If you be my everything..." and "If I be wrong" structures correct? Thank you for the answers!
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“what I am” or “what am I” [closed]

What is the difference between/which is right: "What I am doing wrong" vs "What am I doing wrong" ?
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What is today's date vs What date is it today? [duplicate]

What is today's date vs What date is it today ? Is there an alternative to this?
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No inversion in questions in headlines and titles

Why do many titles and headlines read: "Why Europe should become...", NOT "Why should Europe become..."; "How an inventor lost...", NOT "How did an inventor lose..."; "How the photocopier changed...", ...
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Whom he saw but little hope of [duplicate]

"He forgot his enmity to Manfred, whom he saw but little hope of dispossessing by force; " I'm reading a novel called The castle of Otranto. And I'm confused the usage of 'but' in the sentence ...
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Is there a name for questions where the answer is not important? [duplicate]

A question where you don't care about the answer. e.g. "how are you today?" where you don't actually care what the answer is. Is it a polite question?
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What is meant by “we got a live one” in following context?

Here is the clip from "Finding Nemo" where "live one" was used. http://youtu.be/zycSnw5PP0g?t=2m19s
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Thus far? vs So far? [duplicate]

I would like to know what is the difference between "How is your day thus far?" vs. How is your day so far? and if there is any significant difference between the two questions. I always assumed that ...
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Capitalization Police: Why all the capitals?

I'm writing an essay where I want to talk about introspection. I've written the following sentence and Microsoft Word is insisting on capitalizing every single 'w' even though this is essentially a ...
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however small it might seem [closed]

Hello I'm writing an essay about my past experience. But I'm not sure it has the same meaning as what I intend to say. Here's my piece of writing. However small it might seem to others, anyone has ...
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Should I use “As” or “Since” in this sentence?

Today, we had an exam and one of the questions was: ...... he exercised more and more, he developed stronger muscles. a) What b) Since c) Whether d) As I checked Since because ...
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How would you ask someone directly if 'something used to be something'?

Let's say the answer is "Yes, X used to be Y". Now, how would you frame a direct question to get this answer? Is it "Did X use to be Y?" That certainly sounds strange: is there any theory to support ...