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What are questions like “why did the chicken cross the road” called?

What are questions like Why did the chicken cross the road? called? I want to know if there is a particular term given to these type of questions.
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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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How to ask in a polite way

I am an international student in the U.S.A. I am writing an email and I am stuck on one sentence. I would like to say: "Do you know when I can get the flyers?" I would like to make the sentence more ...
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How does one correctly punctuate a sentence that declares that one has a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Punctuation with “The question is…” '.', '?' or ' “… ?” ' Position of question mark when sentence doesn't end ...
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“You have nothing to do” - “Yes I do” / “Yes I don't” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? If someone says "You have ...
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Polite phrase to ask for details [closed]

Usually, I send to a client "Cover Letter" with phrase "May I get the details?", if I need to get more information about his project. Suddenly, I have discovered that it is not very polite. And now I ...
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Asking someone to let you know something [closed]

Is there a grammatical point difference in the following 2 sentences: Please let me know what is the plan. Please let me know what the plan is. I am so used to the first method that I think that it ...
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Did you ever hear(see, do, anything else) vs. Have you ever(seen, done, and so on) heard? [closed]

What's correct? If both, what is the difference between these questions? An example from The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: MacDonald turned over the letter which Holmes had handed ...
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“Feeling safe? So do I!” — is this grammatical?

I have a small question regarding the usage of the present simple, present continuous and auxiliary verbs. Is this correct English? Feel safe? (Do you feel safe?) → So do I! Feeling safe? ...
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What qualification you are looking for? [closed]

Well this may be a very silly and obvious question but it's bothering me so I am asking it here. I am writing a letter and I asked the question What qualification are you looking for? However my ...
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Put the words in the correct order to make question [closed]

I am not a native speaker. I am doing the exercise "Put the words in the correct order to make question" from my workbook. I have this set of words: your / best / see / did / friend / when / ...
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How do you convert the sentence “George Washington was the first president.” to a question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)? How do you convert the sentence: George Washington was the ...
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What conjunction to use in a question sentence, if use any at all?

Consider these sentences for example. Did anyone check they're working? Did anyone check that they're working? Did anyone check if they're working? What conjunction is right to use ...
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“Is this understanding correct?” anything more polite than this?

Do we have a more polite way to say “Is this understanding correct?”. I often find it a little tough question to ask to clients. Anything that sounds more polite and means the same? And also, is the ...
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Are “do you think” embedded questions exceptions?

In most embedded questions, the "Wh" portion of the question stays grouped together with the rest of the converted question (e.g. "What time is it?" becomes "Could you tell me what time it is?"), the ...
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Punctuating a phrase leading up to a question

In formal writing (like a technical paper), is there a generally accepted way to punctuate the break between an introductory phrase and a question in a sentence like this? Let's ask ourselves ...
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Question formulation sentence structure

I wish to improve this sentence, which sounds bad to me but maybe acceptable: Are traditional investors at disadvantaged against high-frequency traders? should I say: Are traditional ...
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How to Identify a Rhetorical Question?

I am familiar with the idea of a rhetorical question, but are there any criteria to mark or identify one? Can a rhetorical question be recognized alone or does it need surrounding context? It ...
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How manyth son to your father? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)? Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number I know ...
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“May I ask if…”

A question like: May I ask if you've seen it all? Can yield two answers: Yes, I've seen it all. Yes, you may ask. Can you avoid this (the may-answer), remaining a tad more polite than usual? ...
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“Don't I know you” vs. “do I know you”

My question is about similar (for me) question forms "don't I know you" and "do I know you". Is there any difference between them or can they both be used in the same context without any exceptions? ...
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Position of prepositions in questions and clauses

I would like to know if there is any rule to know where prepositions should be placed in questions or clauses. For example, I have heard many sentences and some of them put the preposition in the ...
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The meaning of “how” in questions

Some of my colleagues have argued that when a statement/question uses the work "how", the reader expects to get a list of solutions. Examples: "How could world hunger be solved?" "How can a ...
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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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What is the correct subject-verb agreement for chemical quantities expressed in moles?

I'm currently editing some chemistry test questions, and I have several sentences like the following: What is the total number of moles of HCl produced when 3 moles of hydrogen is completely ...
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How can I answer back? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? If someone ask you this question "Don't you have exam? " how can I answer back using only (Yes and No). that's ...
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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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Future simple passive and phrases like “you do know that, don't you?”

I've just written a question and only after I'd done that did I think about if it's even correct: I hope all the scheduled payments will be sent this night, won't be they? What confuses me is ...
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“Would you have a suggestion?” Vs. “Do you have a suggestion?”

If you were asking for suggestions, say at stackexchange, what would be the most polite grammatically accurate version: Statement of the problem followed by: 1. Do you have a suggestion? 2. Would ...
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Position of linking verb “are” in a question

EDITED: Are the following sentences correct in correctly positioning the linking verb are? What different devices are used in this type of setting? What are the different devices that are used in ...
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How to frame a question to get answer about the turn that somebody has taken in doing something? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)? How to ask a question to get a cardinal number answer I want to ...
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Using 'would' to form reasons

In the following examples: Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible? Who would live for forever? Why would I ever lie to you? Is 'would' being used to refer to time in future or past Or ...
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“Why do people read books?” — “Because people read books to get information.”

I work at a middle school in South Korea. One of the questions on the recent 2nd grade mid-term exam was "Why do people read books?". There are over 300 students in this year, so there were plenty ...
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Is it correct to append “no” to a question?

I have always been puzzled by some sentences people make that end in a no. For example, let's say someone instructed you not to leave your post before they arrive. Then they return but you're not ...
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Tag Questions “is he not”

"He is happy, isn't he?" If you did not use the contraction isn't he, in the question above, would the correct sentence be: "He is happy, is he not?" "He is happy, is not he?" Sentence #1 seems ...
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Negative in a question with various negative valence words

so I was walking to a very nice place in Berlin today only to find it empty yet again. I was asking myself why this is... and now I am confused. Which of the following forms of asking are correct? ...
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Question about “how many”

Why don't we use the auxiliary do in the following question: How many people study there?
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How can I ask a question with the answer “I'm eating the fourth apple”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)? Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number How to ask ...
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What do you do when you end the first part of a compound sentence with a quote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? For example, if I want to show someone's response in the same sentence, what would I do? Would the comma from the end of the quote ...
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“Is/are X + adjective”

I provide the sentence in context: [A couple kisses. A friend of them sees the scene and says:] Oh, are you cute! This clearly means "you're so cute, sweet" and the like. So, is this ...
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how much more—question or statement?

Since this, how much more another[.|?] I would have used a question mark to end that sentence; however, I've seen two different, recent authors end it with a period. Is this type of sentence a ...
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Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn't you”

Typically, when we ask for confirmation/denial of a statement, we say something like the following: We turn left here, don't we? You have a cat, don't you? We've met before, haven't we? ...
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Which tense do I use when I talk about direct speech in texts?

I want to ask questions about a text. The text is written in past tense. When I talk about the text, do I only use simple present or also present progressive? Please, look at the following examples. ...
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Moving the interrogative pro-adverb to the end of a question

I am not a native speaker of English. From what I learn, 'wh' questions in English should normally be like this: Why should we believe you? How did she participate in the massacre? However, ...
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Did vs. was in sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do we use 'did' with questions using the simple past tense? Do the following sentences have the same meaning? Did she say something? Was she said ...
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“Why can't I see?” or “Why I can't see?”?

Which of the following is correct? Why can't I see? Why I can't see? I am a bit confused, since both have inversion, negation and a "why" in the beginning.
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What is the standard way to answer a question that is asking for confirmation? [closed]

Now, this is something all native english speakers should have learned in grade school, but many non-native english speakers don't know how to answer a question unambiguously. In particular, in the ...
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Why do we use “to” after “how”? [closed]

For example: How to makes this? Why do I use the to after how?
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Why do we put the verb to be at the end of these questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing subject and verb positions in statements and questions Look at the following questions - can anyone give a simple grammatical explanation as to why we put the ...
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Greeting Question [closed]

We're working on a web/mobile application, and in our home screen we greet the user with the message Hi John, What are you up to today ?, we're offering him the option to find deals around him, ...