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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 ...
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“What's a nice place to go shopping?” or “Where's a nice place to go shopping?”

Which is correct: "What's a nice place to go shopping?" or "Where's a nice place to go shopping?" Why do we use "What's?" and not "Where's?"
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To receive a scholarship “in” a country? [closed]

I am writing an essay and I wanted to know if it's correct to say I received a scholarship in America. or should it be I received a scholarship to study in America. or I received a ...
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Looks like it's not a game: Yes, it does: So… does it look like it's a game? [duplicate]

I posted this question as a non-English mother tongue. I've seen a conversation as below (comments on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCU862nVpJ0): A: 8:56 Looks like it's not a game! B: ...
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“A usage” vs “An usage” [duplicate]

I believe "an usage" is gramatically correct but "a usage" sounds way better. Are there cases in which "a usage" is allowed I'm not aware of?
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How would the following sentences would be transformed?

Having Considered the question of expansion carefully the committee decided against the project. Begin - Although _________________________________. Someone had cut John's hair. Begin - John ...
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What does 'Did they suspect she was here?' mean?

I'm curious about what this sentence means? Did they suspect she was here? Does that mean they suspect the truth of that she was here? or they thought "She was here! You just lied to us that she ...
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Test question need help

I am a Portuguese High School student and I did an English test last September. This question came up: You can also get some insight from television and movies, but be careful - not everything ...
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Usage of Any or Every [closed]

Which one of these is more correct: "The process of adaptation is different in any case" "The process of adaptation is different in every case"
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“Why the Sky is Blue”

"Why is the sky blue?" vs "Why the sky is blue?" It seems both sentences are correct, is there any difference in meaning? Addendum My question is inspired by this book's title: Edit: I added ...
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How to explain the lack of auxiliary verb in some questions?

I am trying to write a lesson about QASM question structure (Where did you go, what will they see etc.) How should I explain the fact that the following questions don't seem to take an auxiliary verb? ...
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How many hours did you spend/spent studying for the test? [closed]

I'm pretty confused on which sentence is grammatically correct just because online and in person, everyone says it differently: How many hours did you spend studying for the test? or is it: ...
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Which one is correct? “… point on your pencil” or “… lead on your pencil” [closed]

2 weeks ago our teacher gave us a quiz and wanted us to answer that. It was: You should have a good ..... on your pencil. a) Point b) Lead I said that it must be point because point is on ...
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Who wants vs Who does want [duplicate]

I watched a tv show, a quiz program, the name of the program is "Who wants to be a millionaire". Well I don't want to be a millionare, at least not right now, but the title always makes me curious ...
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How to identify a yes/no question

Is there any pattern or heuristic that can be used to identify a yes/no question, with reasonable accuracy?
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...
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“Do you also?” as a question?

I was able to find numerous examples of "Do you also..." type questions in The Bible, like: And Yeshua said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to leave?” But I am wondering whether simply "Do you ...
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Do you know if he didn't go to the party? Is this question correct?

I was wondering if this question is correct or not? and if not, why not? Do you know if he didn't go to the party? It sounds kind of strange. I feel 'Do you know if he went to the party?' ...
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“Seeing someone slowly lose interest in you is one of the worst things.”? [duplicate]

I'm new here and the sentence "Seeing someone slowly lose interest in you is one of the worst things." Same with "Watching someone die.." Why are the verbs "lose" and "die" in their base form? Also ...
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Meaning of a positive answer to a negative question [duplicate]

I'm watching Orange Is the New Black, and I'm confused about whether a woman character said she did something well or not. This is the conversation. Man: "Don't make me regret putting you in ...
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Is the sentence structure “because… and so” grammatically correct?

According to the grammar I know, I only use either "because" or "so", but I do not use them in one sentence at the same time. I found that a translator always renders in this way. Sometimes the ...
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“To” with transitive verbs [duplicate]

Which sentence sounds better: "Who is she speaking to?" or "To whom is she speaking?". As I see, the both are grammatically correct, whereas books have the former example and in speech I notice ...
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Is vs. Are - Need help with use of this in a question [closed]

What should I use for the following sentence: How old is Nancy's grandparents? or How old are Nancy's grandparents?
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Is it gramatically ok to say “pay me attention”?

I have recently debated with my English teacher if its ok to say: "Stop playing and pay me attention!" Any insight will be very much appreciated.
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Question: Why do some people preface a question with “question”?

Is it acceptable in the English language to do so? If so, what part of English would the first "question" be called...a conjunction?
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Questions about “languish.” [duplicate]

I have a few questions about the verb 'to languish.' In the OED, it suggests that this word must be used for a living thing. Couldn't it be used metaphorically for something like an idea or a ...
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What do you call a question where you don't expect a response? [duplicate]

When I ask a person a question such as, "When did you last go to church?" I am not asking them to give me an answer ("Last August"); but I am expecting them to answer the question within themselves, ...
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How to ask a question about ordinal number? [duplicate]

There are many pupils in the classroom. Peter was the n th( n is a positive integer) student to arrive. Now I want to ask Peter about what n is. How can I ask him? It seems that it is very difficult ...
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Simple question format [duplicate]

Please let me know which one is correct. Should the word order be inverted in questions such as this? Could you tell me how long it would take? Could you tell me how long would it take? ...
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What do you call somebody who has a profession of answering questions in an on-line question-answer site such as StackExchange?

How would you present your employment if you are working for a question and answer website like StackExchange (employer) and your job is to answer questions in a specific subject like Physics?
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References to deceased persons [closed]

Having dealt recently with materials translated from Hebrew, I noticed that references to deceased individuals throughout the materials were made with the usage of the letters "ZL" after the person's ...
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How should a question ending in a statement be punctuated, as ending it in a question mark seems a little off?

In the example in the headline to this question, the statement qualifying the question makes the punctuation seem ill-fitting... Here's another example: Will you be able to make a decision on ...
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Grammatical Consistency for Book Text

I recently came across text from a book a good friend of mine was tasked with proofreading. The book, a translation, which detailed the past exploits of a military division (whose members the author ...
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Is there a word for a 'person who likes bubbles'?

I have a question about bubbles and the people who are particularly fond of them. Would someone please help me find a word for such people? Thank you.
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Reporting a questions in past tense where the wh- clause replaces the subject

How do I report this question, or any question with a form as described in the title in past tense, like the sentence below: Question: "Who did that?" Reported form: "He asked _____ ."
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Question or statement

Suppose there is very cold weather of zero temperature. Someone might say "How cold is that" (usually with uptalk inflection). I think they mean "How cold that is". Really it sounds like a ...
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Asking number/order in question [duplicate]

Fact: "Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of USA" I know that Abraham Lincoln was a president of USA but I don't know the number/order. How do I pose this as a Question in English?
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“How do you think we should overcome our fears”? Is this sentence right or wrong? [closed]

I have seen this written by a teacher: "How do you think we should overcome our fears?". I would suggest a rephrasing: "Do you think how we should overcome our fears?" because the above ...
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What is the word for letters that do not ascend above the midline / uniform height? (i.e. aceuomnwxz, not btlj)

I found the word for the part of letters that rise above the midline (ascender: The part of a lowercase letter that rises above the main body of the letter (as in b, d, h). The part that extends above ...