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Why (so) sure? vs How (so) sure?

I just answered a question on ELL.SE that made me (and the OP) wonder about something... Consider the following four question responses to these two statements: 1- "I know I'll marry young." ...
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What does “What are you into?” mean?

I personally don't use this question in spoken language but I usually see it in written language. I also frequently see that when someone asks this question, it elicits in turn the question "What do ...
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Can I put the question word “where” at the end of a question? [closed]

I got this sentence from a Primary 5 student's worksheet. According to this passage, this creature can be found where? Some of the parents think that the sentence should be "..., where can ...
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How can I ask someone if they are male or female politely? [duplicate]

In my daily work I communicate with a lot of people in my company that I have neither encountered in person nor heard them on phone. The conversation is usually e-mail or online chat. Some of them ...
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Must the word after a question mark be capitalised where the question mark does not terminate the sentence?

Here is a sentence: Before we can examine the implications of neuroscience for criminal law, we must address two more fundamental questions: Why do we punish criminals at all? and How severely ...
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Proper use of “what's”

I've seen people write a sentence like this: Example A: "I'm often asked what's the story behind my work." To me, it just seems that this reads rather poorly. I feel like it should be written as: ...
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Should I use “what” or “which”? [duplicate]

What and which are somewhat similar, and as I understand it, we always use which when a noun follows the wh-word. For example: Which color is your favourite? but What is your favourite ...
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Question building in English vs. in French [duplicate]

Question about language grammar etymology. In French the question «Do you love?» can be written as «Aimez-vous?» in German — «Mögen Sie?», but in English — «Do you love?». Why should we use the verb ...
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When is the post office close? [closed]

Is it well? When is the post office close? What time the post office close? Thanks in advance.
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Success or successes? Which is correct?

I am making a greeting card for our Client's Company Anniversary, which of these two is correct? "May you achieve greater success in years to come." or "May you achieve greater successes in years to ...
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Question beginning a sentence [duplicate]

If I were to write a sentence beginning with a question, where would the question mark go? It does not seem right at the end of the sentence. For example: Was there something changed recently ...
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How to: Ask an exclusive or question [duplicate]

Not long ago I finished a project for a school assignment. After the assignment was done I left the office of this particular teacher. Just before I wanted to exit through the door I turned around and ...
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Is there a word for this situation?

Some co-workers of mine from another office play a "question game." I wasn't there for the question, but here it is: Is it accidentally impregnating someone if you know you're trying to get her ...
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Can a dash work after a question mark?

Can a dash work after a question mark? Meaning is this sentence correct and if not how would you rewrite it? I am wondering if you know any publications, blogs or websites who are seeking new ...
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Can't you sleep also? [duplicate]

Can't you sleep also? Is it well said? I want to ask if you can't sleep, like me.
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There is / are; Questions > Answers; is > are ; are >is

If someone asks me Are there any phones in the room? Can I answer yes there is / no there isn't to possible indicate .... let's say that there's just one phone or none or for any other reason If ...
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Questions without a subject

Are there any good explanations for questions without a subject like this: Why bother to read fiction?
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Answering a negative question with one word

There has been talk of how to answer a negative question without ambiguity, most often with a qualifying phrase needed for clarification. (For example, "yes, I do"/"no, I don't.) I've noticed that ...
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How is “Can anyone tell me how can I solve this” wrong?

I posted a question somewhere that said... Can anyone tell me how I can solve this? ...but someone edited it to... Can anyone tell me how can I solve this? ...and it was accepted. That's ...
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How to write a question with a suggested answer at the end

How do you properly convey in writing a sentence where a question is asked and followed by a suggested answer? For example, the question "What are we having for dinner?" is asked, and the guess ...
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Ironic question “Do you now?”

From time to time I encounter the sentence "Oh, do you now?" which I suppose expresses some kind of irony. Is the question grammatically correct? The question was asked also here: ...
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Yes/no answer to “Have you closed all of your tickets?” if there were no tickets to begin with

My boss asked the question, "Have you closed all of your tickets?" to me and my co-workers. One of my co-workers, who did not have any tickets to begin with, answered yes. We are conflicted as to ...
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Could you frame a question for this answer? [duplicate]

I have a statement which I want to use as an answer. The statement runs as follows: Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America. Here the emphasis lies on the number 44. ...
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Use of “Could you tell what kind of”

What is the correct use of the verb in the following sentences: Could you tell me what kind of qualifications does a deputy coroner have? Could you tell me what kind of car he owns? What kind of ...
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When will you be in through? What is the meaning of this question? [closed]

I could not figure out the meaning of this question. Could someone explain me briefly? This statement was in "answering audience questions" which is a presentation guide line.
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What is the right way to use add-ons to questions?

Can we do it like a flower? Without needing to be admired, adored, or even noticed? or Can we do it like a flower, without needing to be admired, adored, or even noticed?
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Colloquial alternatives to questions regarding the ordinals

I'm very well aware that this question is asked a myriad of times before but I want to know how one would phrase a question in every-day language to get the answer "n-th". What ordinal number ...
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Aren't answers to questions dependent clauses? How do you punctuate one after the question?

For example, which one(s) is correct: Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the road: to get to the other side. Why did the chicken cross the ...
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“Sure to do something?” — is it correct? [closed]

Is the question "Sure to delete selected elements?" correct? I have seen this many times. Can I use such questions in this form on a website? Does it make a difference to place it on a website? I have ...
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what 5-letter word is the antonym of “stink”?

It's really really hard to guess the word. All I know is "fragrance" , ""sweetness", etc. please help me with this stuff :)
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Difference between “Does she have the book?” and “Has she the book?”

What is the difference between "Does she have the book?" and "Has she the book?"
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convert this sentence to “not only but also” [closed]

The sheepdog did not allow the tigers to lay their paw on sheep and tied them in a daisy chain.
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what is the difference between the words “tall” and “high”?

Are there any differences between the words "tall" and "high" ? For instance, tall building and high building I'm not sure what are the differences between them.
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Question on the use of auxiliary verbs

In Breaking Bad TV series, there's a conversation between Jesse Pinkman and Saul Goodman: Jesse: You want a job? Saul: A job? Saul: Who's got a job for me? Jesse: I do. I'd like ...
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Noun for an individual that formulates a question and also for an individual that addresses an answer

Given a person who formulates a question, may he or she be called the questioner or enquirer? Likewise, may a person that addresses or responds an answer be called answerer or responder? Which are ...
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“Have you got a chance to” vs “Did you get a chance to”

What is the difference between following two statements? Have you got a chance to look into this? Did you get a chance to look into this?
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Why are these questions structured differently?

How many rooms does your apartment have? How many rooms have carpeting? I'm a native speaker of English teaching at a language school. Recently I was stumped by a question made by a student. ...
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Subject–verb agreement not clear in “Is two bars OK?”

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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Place interrogation mark within question with “dashed”-comment

I'm trying to figure out where should I place an iterrogation mark in the sentence below. First, what I want to say: Does X mean X, or does it mean Y? As we talked before about X meaning Y. And ...
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Why these sentences doesn't have auxiliary word in it? [closed]

In these sentences, why isn't there an auxiliary verb? I would expect that there will be one after "Who" in both sentences: 1) Who cooks when Karen and Andy have friends round for dinner, 2) Who ...
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Is “Didn't you have a meeting to attend to?” grammatical? [closed]

Is the sentence "Didn't you have a meeting to attend to" grammatically correct?
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Shall I answer Yes/No to this question?

I'm filling an application which asks the following question: You have not attended the X company Selection Process in the last 6 months. * Yes/No I've not attended any selection process. So, shall ...
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“Where did you buy it?” or “where did you buy it from?”

When someone purchase something from somewhere and I ask him the location of purchasing, which one is the correct question: Where did you buy it? OR Where did you buy it from? Is ...
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Can an “or” question be answered “yes” or “no”?

I recently moved to the West Coast for a new job. I periodically ask if someone is going to take choice A or choice B. Commonly they answer "yes" or "no." I always asked them to re-state by writing ...
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What's the most neutral reply to “Can you do me a favor?” [closed]

While the answer to my question may be considered highly subjective, I can't help but feel like there's an extremely neutral way to reply to the phrase I'm inspecting. The question normally ...
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“Was it a girl?” or “Was that a girl?”

Here's a conversation. "I saw a salesperson there" "Was it a girl?" Is it OK to use "it" when you refer to the salesperson? Or should you use "that" instead of "it"?
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Use “have” or “has” any/anyone/anything in the question?

Similar to this question, is it correct to use have or has with any* (any/anything/anyone/...) in a question? Examples: Have/Has any of my advices help you? Have/Has anyone of you seen it? Does ...
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What's the difference between Have you ever tried canoeing? Did you ever try canoeing?

Is ever appropriate to use in past simple questions? Is there a difference in present perfect questions using ever meaning a time period up to now and the past simple use of ever in a question? If ...
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How to answer this question? Yes or No [duplicate]

Sorry, if this question is naive. If someone asks me, "You didn't go to school today, right?" If I did not, should I answer, Yes or No? Similarly, "You do not like eating fish, do you?" ...
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Difference between Do you want to and Can you [closed]

What is the difference between the question phrased as "Do you want to (some verb e.g. go)" vs. "Can you (some verb e.g. go)? What these questions indicate? Which one has request notaion? Which one ...