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Stating That Questions Are Mostly Technical

How to put it right? In this comment clause, we have to admit that the issues are technical, but we have to invite the international experts to resolve it: 'While these are mostly technical questions,...
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What's the difference between these two sentences? And which one is more common?

I had wanted to buy a tv. I had had the idea of buying a TV. I really want to know the difference between them.
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Can I use a colon and a question mark at the same time?

What punctuation should I use with a monologue that starts out with a rhetorical question and continues with an example? Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one: [...
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“Loud” and “loudly”: how to use them? [duplicate]

Which one should I use? Play music loud Play music loudly I think "play music loudly" is right but "play music loud" is used more. Please tell me your opinion and the reason why you choose it. ...
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Is there a word or phrase which is to a question what a synonym is to a word?

I would like a title for a list of questions which are similar in wording but identical in meaning to the current question. So if you are viewing the question: How many miles in a kilometre? It ...
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Confirming and Agreeing [duplicate]

As I was told to ask a new question, I better do. :) On the Internet I read the folowing conversation: Question: Do people say No to mean they are in agreement with negative statements? Answer: We ...
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Confirm and agree to negative questions [duplicate]

on the internet I read the following explanation: "we aren't using "no" to agree, we are using "no" to CONFIRM the negative statement." Does that mean you confirm a negative question with no and ...
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What do you call a suggestion/statement that's phrased as a question? (e.g., “Maybe you should/n't have …”)

I'm talking about something like this: Well then, if you didn't want to get mugged, maybe you shouldn't have been carrying around that big purse in the middle of the city at night? It's clearly ...
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“about which” without a verb after

What does mean "about which concepts to use" in the following sentence: "A priori principles constituting natural science cannot be analytic, because they are not the result merely of discretionary ...
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Can I use “has” in a question? [closed]

strong textWhat the correct sentence? 1- "Does the equation has a solution?". 2- "Does the equation have a solution?". 3- "The equation has a solution?". 4- "The equation have a solution?". ...
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How do question words work as adverbs?

"I know how they work." 'How' seems like an adverb to 'work'. I know adverbs are supposed to answer, for instance, how a verb is done. But 'how' doesn't answer how…regardless of whether it is an ...
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What is the difference between “Where something is?” and “Where is something?” [closed]

for example: what is the difference between "Where America is?" and "Where is America?" ?
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Passive/ active statement- specific question

Why don't you come this evening? She ________________ that evening [SUGGESTED] The answer is: suggested coming/that I/we come Why can't it be: 'suggested I came'- because the passive tense changes ...
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Why don't we use “do” in an interrogative object clause?

A friend of mine, an English learner (reasonably advanced), asked me to proofread the sentence "Could you tell me how many people you do have?" I told her to leave out the "do", but she was curious ...
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Should I answer this question without question mark? [closed]

I recently received by email this sentence: Please tell me if the problem is now solved. I usually answer any email I receive that have questions. This sentence is not a question because it ...
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what is the difference between the meaning of the following questions? [closed]

I am not sure if the following questions are right. If that is the case I would like to know: What is the difference between them? When it is better to use one or the other? The first question is ...
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How does it look v What does it look lke [duplicate]

When people say how does it look, I want to answer "with its eyes." I prefer a perfectly good "What does it look like?"though I hear and read the other version all the time! Which is correct?....I ...
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Formulation of questions by using conditional sentences

Consider the following setences: 1st - Interestingly, If the Titanic HAD HIT the iceberg head on, she would not have sunk. (third condiotnal) 2nd - If you had a million dollars, you would travel ...
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If we need to change word order in embedded (indirect) questions, why don't these change word order?

If we need to use different word order in direct and indirect questions (example: Are they planning to marry? / Do you know if they are planning to get married?), why do these embedded questions use ...
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How to respond to negative questions (adjectives)?

My friend got me this question: When somebody asks, "Is it not available?" Should I say: (1) "Yes, it is not available." OR (2) "No, it is not available."? I know it would be better to use the word ...
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Putting examples in a different sentence

If I were to ask a question like this: What type of glue is it? And I need to provide some examples: Liquid, stick, etc. Do I have to keep them in one sentence or could I split them into ...
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“How long is the tomorrow meeting” or “How long is the meeting tomorrow”? [closed]

Which of the following is, or are, correct to say? How long is the tomorrow meeting expected to last? How long is the meeting tomorrow expected to last?
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Two questions in one sentence (embedded question) [duplicate]

In a question like this (I took it from an English course): Can you tell me if there's anything you don't have any doubts about? Is this correct? (grammatically speaking) Because for me it ...
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What is the word for accepting help from someone else, not by merit, but because they know you? [duplicate]

So, say that someone is about to start at a new school, and your sister says "Oh, I aced that class! Let me introduce you to the teacher; maybe he'll give you less homework/give you more opportunities....
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Is 'Maybe I can help?' correct?

Two weeks ago I did an English test. I was asked the following question: (or something like this, I don't remember the exact question) A classmate is trying to do his homework, but he doesn't know ...
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Is it incorrect to ask a question within a question?

Op's original question: What would be correct and why? a. "Do you know? Where can we get puff pastries from?" b. "Do you know? Where we can get puff pastries from?" Op's revised question (after ...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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Polite way when you ask someone you don't know a question [closed]

Which is the best way to ask a question in a polite way; for example, I want to write an email to someone that doesn't know me, and to ask something... Is okay to say write this: Sorry to disturb ...
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Ask questions in first or second person? [closed]

When I ask a question, should I use first or second person? As an example, should I say "How do you do that?" or "How do I do that?".
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Is it all right to end this sentence with a question mark? [closed]

I am writing a story, and one sentence has been bugging me. What was going on with that, I wondered? It's an interior thought, and so I don't use quotations. If it were dialogue, I would put ...
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Should questions phrased as declarations end with a question mark?

Should a question masquerading as a declaration—like, "I wonder if you have any suggestions?"—end with a question mark or a period?
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Comma after “here”

I've been speculating whether or not I can use a comma after "here"? Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any clarifying answers anywhere, or perhaps I haven't been searching enough. To the ...
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Have/having choice simple question [closed]

Which sentence is correct (or maybe both of them wrong or right)? What's difference between them? "What problem do you have with this?"; "What problem are you having with this?"
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Proper response to “Let's meet…” [closed]

What's the proper response to this Linda: "Let's meet outside the library." Lucy: "____" A. Is 6.30 all right? B. Yes, let's do it C. How about meeting again? D. I'd like to go to the ...
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Is “Do you want to try?” incorrect?

I was watching a video about the most frequent mistakes Brazilians make speaking English and the first mistake was saying "Do you want to try?" instead of "Do you want to try it?". I'm a native ...
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“I would like” or “I will like”?

If I was to be asked a question like: "What will the witches look like?", how will I respond to it would I say The witches would look like... or The witches will look like.... The example shows ...
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what does the expression “There is the slight hint of desperation off you. Of need. ” mean?

I need your help. It is a dialogue When two man have illegal transaction. After one man look another man in the eyes and then say like this. "There is the slight hint of desperation off you. Of need....
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What is the recipient of a question called? [duplicate]

When I ask you a question I am the inquisitor or or the inquirer. But what are you, the one to whom I'm asking the question? Here's the example I'm working with: the children's book "Are you My Mother?...
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A word to describe type of question (questioning the future)

I know what a rhetorical question is. But this is more like me asking a question which will definitely draw an assumption or a guess as an answer. For example : What do you think the oil prices would ...
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“How did it use/d to work?”; 'use' or 'used'?

In the above sentence I'm having trouble deciding between use & used. If I go to verbalise it the d is definitely dropped, but that could just be a locale thing and written it would still contain ...
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Asking subject - object questions. 'Did' or past form of the verb in Past Simple?

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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What English term is used to describe “sarcasm toward questions about trivial issues”?

The question is difficult to mention in a single line as a title, hence feel free to edit the title. Person-1: Did Brazil win the football match today? Person-2: People are dying across the ...
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Is there a name for the words at the beginning of a sentence which make it a question?

Given the following sentences Is it Thursday Today? Does your dog smell? Has your Mother called? Is there a particular name given to the emphasised words at the beginning of the ...
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Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it possible?

There's no doubt that "Be happy." and "Don't be sad." are correct. But "They be happy" is incorrect. "They are happy" "Are they happy?" "They aren't happy" "Aren't they happy?" "Why aren't they ...
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“Can I have a question?”

Is this phrase used at all by native speakers? After almost 20 years of studying and speaking English, I've been told this is a phrase that almost every Czech speaker gets wrong - it seems that even ...
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What (or who) is the rival gang of the Jets?

Is a gang (or a musical group) considered like a person or an object? I.e. should I ask: Who is the rival gang of the Jets? Or should it be: What is the rival gang of the Jets? What is ...
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What does the expression “If we're on the money” mean? [closed]

What does the expression "If we're on the money" mean?
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Questions without a question mark (New Yorker) [duplicate]

How to listen to music How a City in France got out the World's first Short-Story vending machines How we learn fairness What makes great detective fiction according to T.S. Elliot What went wrong at ...
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Asking questions without “do” in them

In school, we learned that in interrogative statements to use do (e.g. Do you want to go there?). I'm wondering if there are any cases when do is not required. For example, I'm thinking if this is ...
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Hiding the aux. verb and subject at the beginning of a question [duplicate]

I was watching 10 Things I Hate About You today, and at some point the protagonist's father starts up the following dialogue: Hello Katerine. Make anyone cry today? Sadly, no. But it's only 4:30. ...