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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 question,...
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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 ...
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Usage of 'has' or 'had' in sentence

I have the following line in a document i'm working on: "Col. Stevens, who has served in the First Iraq War, took part in the heated debate." Seeing how that war was quite a few years in the ...
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Is it correct if I ask “Which anniversary is it?” to know how long they are married for?

Is it correct if I ask "Which anniversary is it?" to know how long they are married for ?
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Question about “the” article [duplicate]

Which one of each is correct? A1 - He asked a simple question about the use of articles. vs A2 - He asked a simple question about use of articles. B1 - All universities in Vancouver are amazing. ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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Exclamation mark and question mark [duplicate]

Is there any difference is placing a question mark before the exclamation mark and placing a question mark after the exclamation mark? More like... the speaker is astonished more or confused more?
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Shortening a question

There is a game when two players call words in turn. A prompt in the game (written as a computer program) can look like Plyer1, what is your word? Can it be shortened the following way Player1, ...
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Who do you want to talk to? Whom do you want to talk to? [duplicate]

Who do you want to talk to? Whom do you want to talk to? Which one is correct sentence?
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Can you say: “I wanted to ask, so I could know..” [closed]

On an email I saw this sentence and was wondering what it means? I wanted to ask you a few questions, so I would know what to start with. Does it mean that after I ask, I will know what to ...
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Who knocks at the door? Who does knock at the door? [closed]

Who knocks at the door? Who does knock at the door? Hello, teachers. I am confused here. Usually, first sentence is acceptable. But I did not read about the second sentence. Is it correct? ...
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Capitalizing hi in a text

Is the word "hi" capitalized or not in the following usage: "I said hi to Jim as I passed him on the way to school."
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What does the phrases “bedraggled remnant” and “but otherwise” mean? What does the sentence mean?

In the quote: The Hoover administration had deployed tanks and tear gas to drive a bedraggled remnant of World War I veterans (the Bonus Marchers) from Washington but otherwise appeared incapable ...
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Can “it's” be used as a question? [duplicate]

In my experience, people say "it's" in place of "it is," but never in the form of a question. I think the question "It's?" sounds awkward, but I'd like to know if it's grammatically correct. Is it? ...
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Question on hypotheticals

In the following sentence: We need to approach the two experts and convince them to help. Their contribution will be huge and will advance this field in the company." Regarding the latter half, ...
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Is “moonstruck adventure” an actual term/expression? [closed]

Encountered the phrase "moonstruck adventure" repeatedly in a text i'm dealing with (in the context of bad decisions made by someone that nearly led to disastrous results) - is that a proper term or ...
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Which is correct, on or upon?

In the following example, would it be correct to replace both uses of 'upon'? Tom further encouraged Blain's team regarding the proposed trade deal, adding that before everything would be agreed ...
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Correct structure and in sentence? [closed]

Is the grammar and structure in the following line correct (specifically in the marked section)? In light of this, it was very much in the interests of myself, the relevant department heads, and ...
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That or which in a sentence [duplicate]

Should this: We believed the issues which would be on the agenda were too problematic at the time" Be like this? We believed the issues that would be on the agenda were too problematic at ...
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Hypothetical would/will in past perspective

When writing of past conversations and perspectives, is it correct to use 'will' to reference a possibility that did happen (and might still be relevant), followed by 'would' for a possibility that ...
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Which of the forms is correct? [closed]

Which of the following should be used? "While in office in 2002, Andrew did not intend to touch that issue." "While in office in 2002, Andrew had no intention of touching that issue."
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Negative Questions:

You have a large house. Negative question= Don't you have a large house? Saying ''Haven't you a large house?'' is wrong am i correct? But is ''Haven't you got a large house?'' correct or wrong?
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is this a form of denial? [closed]

Is it called denial if I see and notice my dog but don't pay attention to it? If it is can you give me a description of denial in that form, me and my brother are in a debate about it, I say it is ...
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Passive voice, agency, and survey format

I'm designing an opinion survey and one of the factors I am thinking of manipulating is the way the question is phrased. Specifically, I'm thinking of contrasting the following two item phrasings: 1) ...
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How do i know if the word is step or glide in English [closed]

today I have a lesson in school about steps and glides and i didn't understand it. My first question what are steps and glides? My second question is how do i know if the sentence ends with steps or ...
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what is the difference between verbal and oral? [closed]

what is the difference between verbal and oral ? I am looking forward to the answer and I appreciate your effort
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Is the question form of a statement truly implicit?

We have statements, and we have questions. A request made in the form of a statement has a question equivalent. But is that question equivalent implicit, or is it simply a rewording of the statement ...
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Who did/do I met today on the way to work? [closed]

Lets say you have the sentence Today I've met an old coleague on the way to work. What is the question going to be: Who did/do I met today on the way to work? did or do, and why? EDIT: ...
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Word order for subordinate questions

I know subordinate questions have no inversion. Should this sentence: "Do you know what are the good things to do around here?" be "Do you know what the good things are to do around here?...
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Which of these statements is correct? [closed]

A friend and I were discussing a past event and she said: "I don't know when you left yesterday" but I thought she ought to say: "I don't know when you leave yesterday" Please tell me ...
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What job don't students like very much?

I need to have my English students read a pie chart containing information about jobs. One of the questions I wrote is: "What job don't students like very much?" (They are expected to read the ...
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Ask someone about their birth order [duplicate]

If I need to ask someone about their birth order, what question is usually used? Let's say I do not ask how many children his family has first. What is your birth order? or Which child are you in ...
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What is a word to describe a response to a question that is evasive but not untrue [duplicate]

I'm looking for a single word synonym of evasion, fudging or dodging the question that does not imply deceit in the answer (apart from possible awareness of the respondent that they are not actually ...
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On Interrogative Sentence [duplicate]

Is it correct to make a sentence interrogative only with question mark (and tone) and without following essential grammatical rules? For example, people usually say You are going to the stadium? ...
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Can I have multiple question marks in one sentence? [duplicate]

When I ask multiple questions at once should I break it up into multiple sentences and capitalize the first letter at the beginning of each question(?), or should I use one question mark at the very ...