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Is it all right to end this sentence with a question mark? [on hold]

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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Asking the considered time/date of something in active voice [on hold]

Is the question: "When will you consider to come?" true, if you are trying to ask "when will you come?"
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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 ...
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A person who make you live adversity [closed]

How do you call a person who always thinks you're wrong whatever you say or ask them (at the job)?
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Question for - Its my 7th visit to Florida [duplicate]

I wanted to ask a person about his repetitive visits a place. what the perfect question should be asked? I tried asking - How many visits you made so far? and figured out the current visit number. ...
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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 ...
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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? [closed]

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. ...
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How do I ask two questions back to back? [duplicate]

Example: What is that? A bird or an eagle? Is this the correct way to punctuate this sort of question?
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Problem with numerals [duplicate]

Is it correct to turn the sentence "He'll be her sixth husband" into a question like this:Which successive/consecutive husband will he be? Best wishes, Boguslaw
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Is “ Whom did you give the book? ” ungrammatical?

You gave him the book. (1) Based on the sentence (1), it seems to me that the following form of question is possible: Whom did you give the book? (2) instead of To whom ...
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Is “how to say” incorrect? [duplicate]

I am confused by this video, in which the speaker claims usages like 'How to say egg in Chinese' is incorrect, and 'How do you say egg in Chinese' is correct. Is it right?
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Problem with “in a row”

Is it correct to turn the sentence "He'll be her six husband" into a question" Which husband of hers in a row will he be?" Any other alternatives? Best wishes, Boguslaw
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How to ask if a tutor is ~welcoming~? new students

I'm going to ask the online teacher if she is expecting new students to come and start studying with her. What's the good way to ask her that? I'm not sure that my own option "Are you welcoming new ...
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Should I say “who want” or “who wants”? [closed]

I'm french and I need your help for one little thing. I'm about to write a status on Facebook for some users of my app (most of them talk english) and I am wondering if I should say : Who want to ...
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Who or What for question about statement

For the statement: "Obama is the president of the United States." Which of these questions is considered the most correct? Who is Obama? What is Obama? Basically, my question revolves ...
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What to call it when a clock no longer runs [closed]

What do you say when your clock or watch is stuck at a time and doesn't continue? I know about fast and slow but my question is about when it doesn't move at all
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What do you call a question when the answer is in said question?

For example: "What religion are Buddhist Monks?" Obviously the answer is Buddhism, and the answer is in the question. What is this technique called?
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How do I ask a question and make a comment in the same sentence? [closed]

For example, if I wanted to ask somebody a question and call them an idiot would I write: "What do you know about grammar? You Idiot" or "What do you know about grammar you idiot?" Or is it done ...
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How to ask properly: “how grave a mistake is”? [closed]

I Googled the following sentence: “how serious is the mistake” and it produced only 5 hits! Does it mean the sentence is ungrammatical? I then tried Googling “how serious is the error” and only got ...
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“X want to do Y?” as a question [duplicate]

I've heard sentences like 'He want to do something? OK' a few times, where the first sentence is supposed to be a question, but there is no auxiliary verb i.e. 'Do', so I'm confused.
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Asking a question in response to another question :What do you call it [duplicate]

What is the term for when a person responds to another person's question with his own question, may it be to clarify or extract more information. E.g. A: (Pointing to a furry rodent like thing ...
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Grammatically correct questions in a survey [closed]

Trying to ask following questions in a customer feedback form: What tools do you for recruitment? What are you favorite features of these tools? What are the functionalities missing in these tools ...
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Without context, what is the shortest question (by character count) in the English language?

The shortest I can come up with are the following four: "Who am I?" has 8 characters (counting spaces). "Why me?" and "Who is?" both have 7 characters (counting spaces). "Is it?" has 6 characters ...
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“Anyone Remember?” Or “Does Anyone Remember?”, Which is Correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? 1) Anyone remember global dimming? 2) Does anyone remember global dimming? if both are correct were does each of them is used?
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Is it natural to answer a yes-no question with just yes/no?

Given a yes-no question such as: Did you call him? Is it idiomatic to simply answer: Yes. / No. As opposed to: Yes, I did. / No, I didn't. or just: I did. / I didn't. I've ...
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Type of Question

If one asks a question about the "Type of Questions" he/she might get an answer of: Open Questions. Closed Questions. Or might get an answer of: Factual Convergent Divergent Evaluative ...
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Ask a question about the object of a phrase

In a test, they told us to rewrite sentences into questions. One case specified that the word to ask about is the object. I found difficulties transforming the following My mother taught me good ...
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“Isn't that the place WHICH kids under 12 can't enter?” - Is it correct to use 'that/which' when it refers to a place?

I was teaching an ESL class and came accross this sentence which confused me a lot: The Queen Alice is the place that I go to the most" "Isn't that the place which kids under 12 can't enter?" ...
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Is it aggressive to ask “You know what you are doing, don't you?”

If someone was to ask the below style of question: You know what you are doing, don't you? Is that aggressive? Having been on the end of that question recently I know I would have preferred to ...
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“Who of you” vs “which of you”

When adressing a group of people and wanting to find out who belongs to a certain subgroup, is it correct to use "who of you" or "which of you" at the beginning of the question? For example, would you ...
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Can you ask “What is the meaning of your question” [closed]

It's not my native language But if you're asked a question can you answer with a question something like so "What is the meaning of your question" does that sound right?
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What does “length of acquaintance” means? [closed]

My (non-English) teacher encountered this question in a recommendation form and asked me for it's meaning. Does this mean how long I've known someone, or how close I am with him? It'd be awesome if ...
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How should a question which quotes a question be punctuated?

Suppose there is a sentence in question form, like the one appearing below: Where do you belong to? Now, if a speaker refers to that question, he will frame another sentence and will place the ...