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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, ...
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“What about you?” versus “How about you?”

E.g. I'm going straight home after work. How about you? I'm going straight home after work. What about you? They both seem to work interchangeably, but there feels like a subtle ...
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Word order in questions

I would need to know whether the following is correct: What should be your best friend like? //what character should your best friend have What is his strange car for? //question I do not know ...
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Can I use “any” in this example?

I know "any" is used only in plural (questions or negation) or for uncountable nouns OR if it expresses "whichever"/"every. But what about this? Is there any document describing that? //can I use it? ...
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Rules for rising and falling intonation in similar questions - what are they?

Consider these two questions: Would you mind saying a little bit more about that? and What do you mean by that? When they perform the same function, and I expect an answer to both, why ...
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No and double inversion within question tags [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reply to question tags I'm a Dutch native speaker so forgive my English mistakes (that's why I am here). In Dutch it is normal to have a following example ...
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Why some questions are written in this funny way?

There, I did it myself. Instead of asking "Why are some questions written in this funny way?", I produced what strikes me as bad English ever so often: Questions that are formed by starting out with ...
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What is the appropriate question tag for sentences such as “Neither of you is…”?

Neither of you is going to the show tonight, ____? Should it be isn't he/she? I think the fact that neither of you takes the third-person singular verb is means that a third-person question tag ought ...
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“You went there?” in English [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to add a question mark to show inflection? Can we say in a conversation "You went there", and by stressing the statement, mean "Did you go?" I know one ...
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Could the order of words in the common question be changed? [closed]

Examples (somebody is thinking about some thoughts, said by the devil): Maybe he is right... Or isn't he? Maybe he is right... Or he isn't? Maybe he is right... Or even to doubt in his falsehood ...
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Interrogative form of a sentence [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 Neil ...
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'How to' vs 'How do I'

This question is inspired by comments on a question on stackoverflow. The original poster wrote: How to correct this error? And comments say that it's an incorrect question. Better is How ...
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Does appending a question mark to a declarative sentence result in a valid sentence?

Suppose I have the sentence: "All apples are green." Although it is not a true statement, clearly it is a declarative sentence. Can any declarative sentence like this be made into an ...
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Is “To whom could we direct our questions to?” grammatical?

Which of these sentences are proper? : If we have further questions with regards to x&y, to whom could we direct our questions? If we have further questions with regards to x&y, to whom ...
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What is this kind of question known as?

A question that's not exactly rhetorical but the answer IS implied. for example; "am I annoying you?" you're meant to say no, and they are aware that they are indeed annoying you.
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Difference between “can” and “may” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can/May/Will you help me with this? Which is correct if I want to request for a pen? Can I have your pen please? May I have your pen please?
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“Aren't I” vs “Amn't I” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why “ain't I” and “aren't I” instead of “amn't I”? Why do we say "aren't I" rather than "amn't I"? Is it purely for ease ...
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“Who is one to believe” or “which one to believe”

Do you think this edit was necessary? So, who is one to believe? (as in "So, who am i to believe?") into So, which one to believe? Specially considering that the following question in the original ...
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“Difference between” multiple choices (vs. “among”) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “between” vs “among” I learned that "between" refers to two objects or concepts and "among" refers to three or more. However, in situations when ...
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What is another way of saying “how” in a question context? [closed]

For example, in the situation "How does a affect b?" I've come up with "In what way does a affect b?" and "What aspects of a make it affect b?" (although that has a slightly different connotation). ...
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Negative questions vs positive questions

I'd like to know if negative questions are used very often in English. For example, in Spanish, negative questions are used very often just to offer something, to ask about something you're not sure, ...
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Which is the correct wording when describing a question? [closed]

Which of the following is correct: People ask me, what google.com is? or People ask me, what is google.com?
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Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark

How should sentences that end with both a colon and a question mark be formed? Two examples are below, both questions, but one in which the colon presents a piece of information and the other in which ...
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How can I properly ask this question? [duplicate]

I want to ask a question so that I can get the answer which gives the position of the President. So the answer I want to get is: Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. ...
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Is it incorrect to say, “Why cannot…?”

At any point in history was "Why cannot...?" used as frequently as "Why can't...?" Is it even grammatically correct to say "Why cannot you do this?" I know it can be rearranged to be "Why can you not ...