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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 ...
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“Why wouldn't to use foo bar?” [closed]

"Why wouldn't to use xxx?" or "Why wouldn't do to use xxx?" - are these correct questions in the following context: - Why wouldn't to use xxx? / Why wouldn't do to use xxx? - Because I/we hate xxx!
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Difference between “Can't you” and “Can you not”?

I've been wondering about the difference between questions that use can't you and can you not. Like: Can't you tell just by looking? [I read this from a comic-detective series] Can you not ...
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Should a taunt, which is grammatically correct as a question, be treated like a question or a taunt

I am confused if a question which is placed like a taunt can be taken like a question or like a taunt. Examples: Are you saying so because you built it? Is it too much to ask for? These ...
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Question instead of simple sentence

In a movie, when adults adore children, they used to ask question instead of a simple sentence. For instance, normally one would say You're so sweet. But they said Oh, aren't you sweet? ...
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The Usage Domains of “why” and “how”

This question was inspired by the this thread over at physics.se. What are the correct uses of "why" and "how" as interrogatives? Do questions that begin with "why" necessarily pursue answers which ...
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Is this how to reply to “how is it going?”?

Someone asked me "how is it going?" I reply to her: "It's been going pretty good. Thanks for asking! How about you?" Is there any grammar mistake in it or this sentence is alright?
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Which is correct? “Did you know?” or “Do you know?” [closed]

In asking a question, which is preferred, "Did you know?" or "Do you know?"
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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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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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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.