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Position of interrogative auxiliary verbs as replies to statements

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 ...
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Unsure on the pronouns/verbs/tense to use here

This question came up when answering tickets today at work. A client says they've been having one singular problem across multiple entries. How should I phrase my response? "Which entries was this ...
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why we don't use “s” when we question [duplicate]

see the sentence. "It matters a lot." here it uses matters, but when I question like "Does it matter?" why we don't use s with matter?
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Do you use/Are you using

A colleague asked me which of these sentences is correct, or if they are both correct which is better to use. Are you using the current template version? Do you use the current template version? I ...
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Short question about syntax

I'm a German and our English teacher always told us not to use the German syntax in English. So here are a few examples to illustrate : "What means this word?" -> correct : "What does that word ...
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on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out?

I faced difficulty understanding the sentence below; (He) charged his domestics on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out. I found that the phrase "charge someone on pain of" means ...
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wish sentences… wish+would vs wish+could negative sentences

Hello everyone I have a question about sentences with wish. We all know that when both subjects are identical in sentences with wish for the future, would changes to could, but something I am ...
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Constructing a question to find out the position of something [duplicate]

I need to ask a question and I need you help in framing that question. Leave all that apart now. I will first tell you a sentence: "Narendra Modi is the 15th Prime Minister of India" I need to ...
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“Is not you?” or “Are not you?”? [closed]

What statement is correct between these two? Because each of us is a qualified programmer (are not you?)... or Because each of us is a qualified programmer (is not you?)... That the ...
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Best use of wondering if “there was something” or “something was”

I would like to ask whether an object is included in a package or not, which of the following expressions should I use: I was wondering if there was any chassis support in the package? I was ...
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How to avoid ambiguity in the question: “Why do you think…?”

Let us say I want to know why the sky is blue, my understanding is that I can ask you: "Why do you think the sky is blue?" regardless of whether you have thought about it before or not. It seems from ...
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“Why don't you” . . . with. . . “be” . . .?

I confuse about how to use "Why don't you" with "be". I know that we can use "Why don't you" with "Verb" such as Why don't you go with me? However I confuse that if we can use these two sentences. ...
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What else did you think it stood for? vs …it stand for? vs …it stands for? [closed]

I'm confused about what tense the verb in the predicate of a question should take. Which of the following versions of stand should be used? What else did you think it stood for? What else did you ...
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‘Your dream’ vs. ‘your dream in life’

I have been asked to answer the following two, separate, questions: What is your dream? What is your dream in life? I am confused by this, because they look almost identical to me, and I cannot ...
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Question within a sentence [closed]

I know what I'm trying to get at with this sentence, but the punctuation feels a little off to me somehow. Is it correct? Or can it be improved? I was a little skeptical at first - what could be ...
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Are the following old English examples grammatically correct? [closed]

I have a question about two sentences I use. I would like to know if they are grammatically correct. I'm not particularly interested in hearing that they are old fashioned, out of date, or awkard. ...
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Why do not we ask negative questions without a contraction on the not after the verb?

I have found multiple questions touching on this but not a single one that has a comprehensive answer. The information is all there but in little bits. "Do you not" vs. "Don't ...
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Use of “How To …?” in Headings [duplicate]

I often see non-native English speakers write questions and use them as headings. The questions are usually of the form interrogative word followed by the content of the question followed by a ...
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The etymology of do/does for questions [duplicate]

What is the etymology of the use of do/ does/ did for questions forms as opposed to inverting the subject and verb?