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Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?

Let's say I'm asking people about characteristics of their ideal workplace. "Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?" "Ideally, how many people would also work at the company you ...
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The Usage Domains of “why” and “how”

This question was inspired by the this thread over at physics.se. What are the correct uses of "why" and "how" as interrogatives? Do questions that begin with "why" necessarily pursue answers which ...
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Which is correct? “Did you know?” or “Do you know?” [closed]

In asking a question, which is preferred, "Did you know?" or "Do you know?"
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“Which/what is your bike?” [duplicate]

— Which/what is your bike? — The blue bike. Is it possible to choose what instead of which, in your opinion?
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3answers
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Expression for asking a question in a way that assumes a certain solution?

Especially (but not only) with technical problems, people often ask questions in a way that assumes a certain solution. For example: Where can I get a cheap taxi to the airport? But the person ...
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1answer
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“Is it right?” or “Is it correct?” [duplicate]

Which question is more proper? [some statement], is it right? [some statement], is it correct?
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1answer
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What is the better form to ask with 'when'? [closed]

There are a few options here: When is the end of the world? When the end of the world happens? When is the end of the world going? When does the end of the world happen? Any wrong options here? ...
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“What/when is the right time for doing this?”

Which one of the following sounds more natural? What is the right time for doing this? When is the right time for doing this? It seems like these both mean the same thing. If they convey ...
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When to use nah or right in a sentence

When I was chatting with my friend, as a part of our conversation I used a phrase. "You have laptop nah." He replied, first try to change your English, it sounds ridiculous, using words nah, right. ...
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Which is more correct, “Which one do you want?” or “What one do you want?” [closed]

Which of the following is correct? Which one do you want? What one do you want?
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How do I ask “when” without implying past or future?

"When did or will the event happen?" — This sounds silly to me. To make matters worse, I would like to use passive voice because the question is in reference to a statement that uses passive voice. ...
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3answers
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“Which” or “what” for accepting multiple choices from a list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Which” vs. “what” — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other? I know that, in the context of radio buttons (the ...
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2answers
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“What/When is the best time to call back?”

Which is better, and what is the difference? What is the best time to call back? When is the best time to call back?
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3answers
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“What about you?” versus “How about you?”

E.g. I'm going straight home after work. How about you? I'm going straight home after work. What about you? They both seem to work interchangeably, but there feels like a subtle ...
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4answers
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Difference between “can” and “may” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can/May/Will you help me with this? Which is correct if I want to request for a pen? Can I have your pen please? May I have your pen please?
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What is another way of saying “how” in a question context? [closed]

For example, in the situation "How does a affect b?" I've come up with "In what way does a affect b?" and "What aspects of a make it affect b?" (although that has a slightly different connotation). ...
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“How does he does/do that?” [closed]

How does he does that? How does he do that? Which one is correct? This type of sentence sounds a little odd because of two do/does in a single statement. Is there an alternative which has ...
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“How to..”, “How do you..” or “How do I..” when asking a practical question

As the title says, I'm asking because you can split the StackOverflow questions to three groups according to their openings, for example: "How do I serialize an object...", "How do you serialize ...
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4answers
433 views

How to ask for a name of some thing?

My question was titled: What is this function called? Originally (my) title was: How is this function called? I still think that my version was correct; I always state such questions this ...
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8answers
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“Does it make sense?” or “Do you understand me?”? [closed]

Suppose I tell something to my companion and I want to make sure he understands me. I thought I may simply ask "Do you understand me?". But recently I heard that in such cases I should ask "Does it ...
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7answers
699 views

What's a word for a group of questions asked together?

Is there a word for a set of questions that are asked together and are related? For example, one asks the question: Do you go rafting? And follow up with: If yes, where? If no, what do ...
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4answers
79 views

“Where will I be,” “where will I get to,” “what place will I reach”: What's the best way to ask?

What's the most natural way to complete this question (the person asking this question wants to know the name of a place)? If I keep going south from here, […]?
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6answers
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“Can/may/will you help me with this?”

Which word to use when we ask for help? Some conditions: We know that the person asked is able to do it. We don't know if the person asked is able to do it.