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Is “Were you in time?” the right question?

For example, Hey, you went a few minutes ago, but haven't given me a call yet. Were you in time for your job? Is this the right question to ask?
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Is a question mark used when trying to get someone's attention?

Mike: Hey, Matt? Matt: Yeah? Mike: What are you doing? Since it's not actually a question, I'm not sure if a question mark should be used or not. But I'm also not just saying 'hey' to ...
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Is there a word or term to describe a statement that implies a question so sufficiently that the question is not actually included?

I have often noticed people who make statements, actually ending with a question mark when written, but where there is no actual question asked. The question is implied sufficiently enough in the ...
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Why does the verb 'have' require 'do' or 'got' and cannot be used alone?

When I began to study English, about 50 years ago, I was taught to ask, for instance, 'Have you a car?' and, if the answer was negative, to answer 'I have not a car.' However, when I came back to ...
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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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Questions beginning with “How to”

(particularly related to question/answer sites such as this) Quite often people want to ask "How do I/you... ?" Maybe to be less personal or to have a generic title, "How to... ?" is chosen instead. ...
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How to punctuate a question within a thought [duplicate]

In a third person narrative, punctuate the following sentence: Wasn't art supposed to impact the reader in an emotional way, she wondered. How would that line be punctuated? I know I could use ...
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Following a statement with a question

Person1: "I'm feeling quite rough today." Person2: "That sucks - what's the matter?" Is Person2 using correct punctuation, or should there be a comma to separate the statement and the question? ...
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“Do this” or “Will this” in questions

I have a question sentence: "Will this set of vectors form an orthogonal basis for the system?". Is it ok to start with "Will this" or "Do this" is more appropriate?
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Semicolon use in statement-questions? [duplicate]

I have often written sentences in the following form which combines a statement with a question, separated by a semicolon. For example, I understand you have received payment for my order; will ...
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if you pushing a lawn mower across the grass,as shown below,can you increase the horizontal component of the force that you exert on the mower [closed]

if you pushing a lawn mower across the grass,as shown below,can you increase the horizontal component of the force that you exert on the mower without increasing the magnitude of the force?enter image ...
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“Did you contacted them” or “did you contact them” [duplicate]

Did you contacted them? Did you contact them? Which of above sentences is correct? If both are correct, what's the difference between them? In which scenarios can I use them?
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Using “despaired” as a replacement for “said” or “asked”

May I say: "Why does this happen?" despaired Ralph. Or if not, do you have any suggestions as to a suitable replacement for the placid "asked". What I'm looking for is a mixture of despaired and ...
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“I don't” or “don't I” in questions [closed]

Please tell me about the difference between these two questions: Why don't I see it? Why I don't see it? Is the second question grammatically correct?
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I am wondering: Is this a proper way to use a colon? [duplicate]

When sending sending formal emails that ask a question to the recipient, I often find myself writing something like the following: I was wondering if _____. The problem with this is that this ...
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Using Who versus that in a sentence

In this sentence: We are asking you to invite your congregation that have a passion for mission to consider volunteering three hours one day a week. Should it read "who" or "that" after ...
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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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Question about words to use to end quick notes [duplicate]

I am not a native and I would like to be nice when ending informal quick notes but don't know how. For formal writings is easy, you can say "Sincerely", "Regards", etc, but for informal writings I ...
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How to use verb with did [duplicate]

I have a question on using verb. Did you call me yesterday? Did you called me yesterday? Which one is correct? Did says the incident happened in past so I don't know if I can use ...
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Differences between using “Would you” and “Can you” when making requests [duplicate]

Is there a difference between asking a question with "Would you..." and asking the same question with "Can you..."? For example, Would you take the trash out? Can you take the trash out? Both ...
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Rephrase the question about history? [closed]

Here is what i want to ask - if you are given a chance to meet and talk to a person from history, who that would be? This above phrase doesn't sound good when asked as a question. Please ...
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What kind of punctuation should I use to embed a question in another sentence?

How should I punctuate this sentence? It seem that I should somehow distinguish the question part of the sentence from the main part of the sentence. If I didn't know the answer, I would first ...
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“This helps us how?” vs. “How does this help us?”

In the sci-fi movie Inception by Christopher Nolan, in the first level of dreaming, they kidnap Cilian Murphy and Tom Hardy tries to get some information from him, by impersonating Browning, his ...
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Exclaiming Questions [duplicate]

What is the correct way to write a question you would verbally ask in a higher tone of voice? How is this possible?! OR How is this possible!? The subtlety lies in the punctuation. Thanks ...
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“Why the sun shines?”

I've seen questions framed in the following manner many a time: "Why the sun shines?" "Why hair grows?" While the most correct way to frame these kind of questions is obviously: "Why does ...
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confused with “had been sent”, “was sent” and “had sent” [closed]

What will come in the blank made in the sentence "A letter on import regulations...... on 26.6.2013"? Options are 'had been sent' or 'had sent' or 'was sent' ?
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“With what […]?” or “What […] with?”

Making a comparison with Who/Whom I now have a doubt about the use of what with prepositions in questions. I'll explain by example: These two sentences are correct, one is more formal than the other: ...
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Is a question an independent clause?

Ex. Anyone going to the store? Often times in writing words get omitted in questions, such as the one above. Does that still make them "independent clauses" or must the sentence be able to stand as ...
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Why do we say “is it” when asking a question rather than “it is”? [closed]

What it says on the tin, a foreign friend of mine has asked and I can't tell him; apart from it sounding horrible. For example: "Why is it raining today?" Instead of: "Why it is raining today?"
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The Drop - meaning of “get to” [closed]

What does "get to" mean in the following excerpt taken from the book "The Drop" by Michael Connelly? The "Get to" is at the end of the excerpt. I have written it in bold. Thank you very much for the ...
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I was wondering if there are synonyms for “I was wondering”

Often I ask a question (by e-mail), and precede the question with I was wondering if... For example I was wondering if you can give me your office hrs? Why not just simply ask the real question? ...
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Question marks in written conversation [duplicate]

Should a question mark appear at the end of question (and before the end quotation mark)? An example is "How are you feeling today," he asked. I'm getting conflicting advice.
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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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Is it right/appropriate to say “double bag it?”

What one would say to get another (plastic) bag for carrying heavy groceries? Is it right to tell the cashier "would you please double bag it?" I am asking this question because when I tried to ...
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How to puncutuate when using self imposed questions in a declarative sentence

I have toyed with using a colon and keeping the question marks or even ditching the question marks. See below: Admittedly I was apprehensive at first to approach the prisoner, all I could think ...
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Ending a declarative statement with a question mark? [duplicate]

Recently, there was a debate as to when one can legitimately end a declarative statement with a question mark, like writing “I don’t know?” as an answer, and what that could possibly mean. The ...
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What’s the difference between “how” and “how so”? [closed]

Please tell me the difference between these two questions: how how so Do those two mean the same thing? If they do not, please explain with examples.
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Grammaticality of “Is it today that…”

I would like to know if it is grammatically correct to ask the question, "Is it today that you are going to town?" My concern is specifically the "Is it" part.
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How do you say x in x language? What's the English/Spanish word for x?

Is it correct to ask "how do you say 'tower' in Spanish?" or should we actually ask "what's the Spanish word for 'tower'?" Some people say that if I ask "how do you say..." the answer would be softly, ...
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“Shot dead” v/s unfortunate or sudden demise

Is it possible to use the word "shot dead" for unfortunate or sudden demise of a person not due to a gun shot?
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A question ending with preposition “of” [duplicate]

I would like to know whether this is correct: He uses a car instead of a bus. What does he use a car instead of?
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Present tense in a question with verb in past tense [closed]

I have got following two questions. I wanted to ask am I correct in thinking that we can’t test token system? I wanted to ask was I correct in thinking that we couldn't test token system? I ...
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“he is too young to go to school, is he ” or “he is too young to go to school, isn't he?” [duplicate]

Can you tell me which of the following sentences is correct? why? a) He is too young to go to school, is he? b) He is too young to go to school, isn't he?
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How to use tag questions in sentences containing: 'as well as', 'along with', 'neither…nor'… etc.? [closed]

I need the rules of using tag questions in sentences containing: as well as, along with, neither....nor..., either....or... etc. For instance: I as well as my friends am going to the party, _?
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Question:Is this hotel selling cigarettes? [closed]

I am confused with this question: "Is this hotel selling cigarettes?" or "Does this hotel sell cigarettes?" "Is this computer working?" or "Does this computer work?" Which one is correct? Is there ...
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Is “How do you … ?” a polite question to ask the right way to do things? [closed]

Sometimes I feel uncomfortable to say "How do you spell xxx ?". It sounds like asking his or her own way of spelling a word implicating that I am not necessarily expecting the correct answer. Is "How ...
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How else should I avoid using “under” at the end of the sentence [closed]

Although it's acceptable to use prepositions at the end of the sentence, it's not favorable to grammarians or grammar teachers. How else could I rephrase the question: Which license are airplan ...
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What are “How to … ?” questions (errors) called?

I see questions formed like "How to do this?" every day. They are so frequent that I wonder if there is a name for grammatical errors of this kind.
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“Is you is or is you ain't my baby?” [duplicate]

Is this phrase grammatically correct? Is you is or is you ain't my baby? It's from a Tom and Jerry cartoon: http://vimeo.com/40283242 (at 1:30, 2:00 and 3:00).
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Should I use a semicolon or a colon to introduce a question at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following is punctuated correctly? My question for you is: how do I do that? My question for you is; how do I do that? Or should it be something different altogether?