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Polite way when you ask someone you don't know a question [on hold]

Which is the best way to ask a question in a polite way; for example, I want to write an email to someone that doesn't know me, and to ask something... Is okay to say write this: Sorry to disturb ...
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Ask questions in first or second person? [on hold]

When I ask a question, should I use first or second person? As an example, should I say "How do you do that?" or "How do I do that?".
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Is it all right to end this sentence with a question mark? [closed]

I am writing a story, and one sentence has been bugging me. What was going on with that, I wondered? It's an interior thought, and so I don't use quotations. If it were dialogue, I would put ...
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Comma after “here”

I've been speculating whether or not I can use a comma after "here"? Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any clarifying answers anywhere, or perhaps I haven't been searching enough. To the ...
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Should questions phrased as declarations end with a question mark?

Should a question masquerading as a declaration—like, "I wonder if you have any suggestions?"—end with a question mark or a period?
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Asking the considered time/date of something in active voice [closed]

Is the question: "When will you consider to come?" true, if you are trying to ask "when will you come?"
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Proper response to “Let's meet…” [closed]

What's the proper response to this Linda: "Let's meet outside the library." Lucy: "____" A. Is 6.30 all right? B. Yes, let's do it C. How about meeting again? D. I'd like to go to the ...
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...
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Have/having choice simple question [closed]

Which sentence is correct (or maybe both of them wrong or right)? What's difference between them? "What problem do you have with this?"; "What problem are you having with this?"
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Is “Do you want to try?” incorrect?

I was watching a video about the most frequent mistakes Brazilians make speaking English and the first mistake was saying "Do you want to try?" instead of "Do you want to try it?". I'm a native ...
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“I would like” or “I will like”?

If I was to be asked a question like: "What will the witches look like?", how will I respond to it would I say The witches would look like... or The witches will look like.... The example shows ...
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Asking subject - object questions. 'Did' or past form of the verb in Past Simple?

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it possible?

There's no doubt that "Be happy." and "Don't be sad." are correct. But "They be happy" is incorrect. "They are happy" "Are they happy?" "They aren't happy" "Aren't they happy?" "Why aren't they ...
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“What's a nice place to go shopping?” or “Where's a nice place to go shopping?”

Which is correct: "What's a nice place to go shopping?" or "Where's a nice place to go shopping?" Why do we use "What's?" and not "Where's?"
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what does the expression “There is the slight hint of desperation off you. Of need. ” mean?

I need your help. It is a dialogue When two man have illegal transaction. After one man look another man in the eyes and then say like this. "There is the slight hint of desperation off you. Of ...
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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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A person who make you live adversity [closed]

How do you call a person who always thinks you're wrong whatever you say or ask them (at the job)?
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What is the recipient of a question called? [duplicate]

When I ask you a question I am the inquisitor or or the inquirer. But what are you, the one to whom I'm asking the question? Here's the example I'm working with: the children's book "Are you My ...
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A word to describe type of question (questioning the future)

I know what a rhetorical question is. But this is more like me asking a question which will definitely draw an assumption or a guess as an answer. For example : What do you think the oil prices would ...
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How to ask properly: “how grave a mistake is”? [closed]

I Googled the following sentence: “how serious is the mistake” and it produced only 5 hits! Does it mean the sentence is ungrammatical? I then tried Googling “how serious is the error” and only got ...
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“How did it use/d to work?”; 'use' or 'used'?

In the above sentence I'm having trouble deciding between use & used. If I go to verbalise it the d is definitely dropped, but that could just be a locale thing and written it would still contain ...
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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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“Do you also?” as a question?

I was able to find numerous examples of "Do you also..." type questions in The Bible, like: And Yeshua said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to leave?” But I am wondering whether simply "Do you ...
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What English term is used to describe “sarcasm toward questions about trivial issues”?

The question is difficult to mention in a single line as a title, hence feel free to edit the title. Person-1: Did Brazil win the football match today? Person-2: People are dying across the ...
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Is there a name for the words at the beginning of a sentence which make it a question?

Given the following sentences Is it Thursday Today? Does your dog smell? Has your Mother called? Is there a particular name given to the emphasised words at the beginning of the ...
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How to punctuate a question within a thought [duplicate]

In a third-person narrative, I want to 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 ...
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Use of “If you really want to”

If somebody says, "If you really want to leave me, then let me know," which reply would be correct in the English language—"Yes I do" or "Yes I really do"?
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“Can I have a question?”

Is this phrase used at all by native speakers? After almost 20 years of studying and speaking English, I've been told this is a phrase that almost every Czech speaker gets wrong - it seems that even ...
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What (or who) is the rival gang of the Jets? [closed]

Is a gang (or a musical group) considered like a person or an object? I.e. should I ask: Who is the rival gang of the Jets? Or should it be: What is the rival gang of the Jets? What is ...
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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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Is “ Whom did you give the book? ” ungrammatical?

You gave him the book. (1) Based on the sentence (1), it seems to me that the following form of question is possible: Whom did you give the book? (2) instead of To whom ...
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Questions without a question mark (New Yorker) [duplicate]

How to listen to music How a City in France got out the World's first Short-Story vending machines How we learn fairness What makes great detective fiction according to T.S. Elliot What went wrong at ...
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Asking questions without “do” in them

In school, we learned that in interrogative statements to use do (e.g. Do you want to go there?). I'm wondering if there are any cases when do is not required. For example, I'm thinking if this is ...
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Hiding the aux. verb and subject at the beginning of a question [duplicate]

I was watching 10 Things I Hate About You today, and at some point the protagonist's father starts up the following dialogue: Hello Katerine. Make anyone cry today? Sadly, no. But it's only 4:30. ...
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Why is there no auxiliary in the question “How many people study there”?

Why don't we use the auxiliary do in the following question: How many people study there?
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How do I ask two questions back to back? [duplicate]

Example: What is that? A bird or an eagle? Is this the correct way to punctuate this sort of question?
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“For how long have you been…” vs. “how long have you been…”

Ante-scriptum: The question should be quite a frequently arising one, so this might be a duplicate. If it is, I haven't found it previously asked here I don't know if the title is meaningful, but ...
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What is the origin of “Why don't you…” as a suggestion or command?

Frequently, in spoken dialogue one hears the above phrase used as a suggestion to the listener (or sometimes more strongly, as a command): Why don't you give me that book? Why don't you go to the ...
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Problem with numerals [duplicate]

Is it correct to turn the sentence "He'll be her sixth husband" into a question like this:Which successive/consecutive husband will he be? Best wishes, Boguslaw
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How to ask if a tutor is ~welcoming~? new students

I'm going to ask the online teacher if she is expecting new students to come and start studying with her. What's the good way to ask her that? I'm not sure that my own option "Are you welcoming new ...
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Is “how to say” incorrect? [duplicate]

I am confused by this video, in which the speaker claims usages like 'How to say egg in Chinese' is incorrect, and 'How do you say egg in Chinese' is correct. Is it right?
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Problem with “in a row”

Is it correct to turn the sentence "He'll be her six husband" into a question" Which husband of hers in a row will he be?" Any other alternatives? Best wishes, Boguslaw
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How to answer “The applicant’s overall rank is ? out of ? ”

I am filling a reference form and I met 2 questions that I am not sure how to answer : The applicant’s overall rank is __ out of ___ Please describe the comparison group: __ If the ...
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Should I say “who want” or “who wants”? [closed]

I'm french and I need your help for one little thing. I'm about to write a status on Facebook for some users of my app (most of them talk english) and I am wondering if I should say : Who want to ...
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Who or What for question about statement

For the statement: "Obama is the president of the United States." Which of these questions is considered the most correct? Who is Obama? What is Obama? Basically, my question revolves ...
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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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What to call it when a clock no longer runs [closed]

What do you say when your clock or watch is stuck at a time and doesn't continue? I know about fast and slow but my question is about when it doesn't move at all
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What do you call a question when the answer is in said question?

For example: "What religion are Buddhist Monks?" Obviously the answer is Buddhism, and the answer is in the question. What is this technique called?
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How do I ask a question and make a comment in the same sentence? [closed]

For example, if I wanted to ask somebody a question and call them an idiot would I write: "What do you know about grammar? You Idiot" or "What do you know about grammar you idiot?" Or is it done ...