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Why don't we use “do” in an interrogative object clause?

A friend of mine, an English learner (reasonably advanced), asked me to proofread the sentence "Could you tell me how many people you do have?" I told her to leave out the "do", but she was curious ...
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What is the difference between “Where something is?” and “Where is something?” [closed]

for example: what is the difference between "Where America is?" and "Where is America?" ?
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Merchant of Venice [closed]

I don not think i have a clear understanding of Portia's speech "the quality of mercy is not starin'd" Is her speech convincing?
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Passive/ active statement- specific question

Why don't you come this evening? She ________________ that evening [SUGGESTED] The answer is: suggested coming/that I/we come Why can't it be: 'suggested I came'- because the passive tense changes ...
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How to make a question? [duplicate]

How to make a question for the sentence Obama is the forty fourth President of USA.
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Putting examples in a different sentence

If I were to ask a question like this: What type of glue is it? And I need to provide some examples: Liquid, stick, etc. Do I have to keep them in one sentence or could I split them into ...
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Asking a person to become a customer? [closed]

I want to ask a person to become a customer by email of our B2B SaaS product after we had an initial call. But I want to do it in a very polite way and at the same time ask him what things (features ...
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Ironic question “Do you now?”

From time to time I encounter the sentence "Oh, do you now?" which I suppose expresses some kind of irony. Is the question grammatically correct? The question was asked also here: http://forum....
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Should I answer this question without question mark? [closed]

I recently received by email this sentence: Please tell me if the problem is now solved. I usually answer any email I receive that have questions. This sentence is not a question because it ...
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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 is the difference between the meaning of the following questions? [closed]

I am not sure if the following questions are right. If that is the case I would like to know: What is the difference between them? When it is better to use one or the other? The first question is ...
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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 (or who) is the rival gang of the Jets?

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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How does it look v What does it look lke [duplicate]

When people say how does it look, I want to answer "with its eyes." I prefer a perfectly good "What does it look like?"though I hear and read the other version all the time! Which is correct?....I ...
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Formulation of questions by using conditional sentences

Consider the following setences: 1st - Interestingly, If the Titanic HAD HIT the iceberg head on, she would not have sunk. (third condiotnal) 2nd - If you had a million dollars, you would travel ...
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If we need to change word order in embedded (indirect) questions, why don't these change word order?

If we need to use different word order in direct and indirect questions (example: Are they planning to marry? / Do you know if they are planning to get married?), why do these embedded questions use ...
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How to respond to negative questions (adjectives)?

My friend got me this question: When somebody asks, "Is it not available?" Should I say: (1) "Yes, it is not available." OR (2) "No, it is not available."? I know it would be better to use the word ...
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Why do some questions not start with an auxiliary verb?

When I learned English, my teachers told me that all questions must have an auxiliary verb at the beginning, just like Are you mad? or Is she playing? do. But when watching some movies or talking ...
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“How long is the tomorrow meeting” or “How long is the meeting tomorrow”? [closed]

Which of the following is, or are, correct to say? How long is the tomorrow meeting expected to last? How long is the meeting tomorrow expected to last?
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Two questions in one sentence (embedded question) [duplicate]

In a question like this (I took it from an English course): Can you tell me if there's anything you don't have any doubts about? Is this correct? (grammatically speaking) Because for me it ...
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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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What is the word for accepting help from someone else, not by merit, but because they know you? [duplicate]

So, say that someone is about to start at a new school, and your sister says "Oh, I aced that class! Let me introduce you to the teacher; maybe he'll give you less homework/give you more opportunities....
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Is 'Maybe I can help?' correct?

Two weeks ago I did an English test. I was asked the following question: (or something like this, I don't remember the exact question) A classmate is trying to do his homework, but he doesn't know ...
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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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Is it incorrect to ask a question within a question?

Op's original question: What would be correct and why? a. "Do you know? Where can we get puff pastries from?" b. "Do you know? Where we can get puff pastries from?" Op's revised question (after ...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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Polite way when you ask someone you don't know a question [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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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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 need....
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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 Mother?...
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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 ...