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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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Is saying 'What did you think' acceptable?

Can you please tell me what is correct: The situation is that you have been to a movie with another person. At the end of the movie you ask: What did you think of the movie? I want to know ...
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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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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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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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Is mocking someone denigration?

If someone is being uncharacteristically happy with a child, talking in a 'preschool' voice we call it, and another adult starts speaking to the adult in that way or mirroring the 'preschool' voice to ...
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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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Question Be … like?

I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct: Q: What will be your typical day at work like? I am curious about the word order - shouldn't it be "What will your typical day at work be ...
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Is the answer to this question “neither” or “either”?

She doesn't think so or you don't think so? Is it grammatically correct to respond with Either. or Neither. to this question? Or does this depend on the meaning intended to be conveyed ...
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Without context, what is the shortest question (by character count) in the English language?

The shortest I can come up with are the following four: "Who am I?" has 8 characters (counting spaces). "Why me?" and "Who is?" both have 7 characters (counting spaces). "Is it?" has 6 characters (...
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Question or statement

Suppose there is very cold weather of zero temperature. Someone might say "How cold is that" (usually with uptalk inflection). I think they mean "How cold that is". Really it sounds like a question,...
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How do question words work as adverbs?

"I know how they work." 'How' seems like an adverb to 'work'. I know adverbs are supposed to answer, for instance, how a verb is done. But 'how' doesn't answer how…regardless of whether it is an ...
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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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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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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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Is it aggressive to ask “You know what you are doing, don't you?”

If someone was to ask the below style of question: You know what you are doing, don't you? Is that aggressive? Having been on the end of that question recently I know I would have preferred to ...
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Reporting a questions in past tense where the wh- clause replaces the subject

How do I report this question, or any question with a form as described in the title in past tense, like the sentence below: Question: "Who did that?" Reported form: "He asked _____ ."
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Is it correct if I ask “Which anniversary is it?” to know how long they are married for?

Is it correct if I ask "Which anniversary is it?" to know how long they are married for ?
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Do you use a question mark or period in this sentence?

"What happened, if you don't mind me asking." If you split it in to two different sentences: "What happened?" and "If you don't mind me asking." you can tell where the question mark and period goes. ...
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A polite form to change the time of an appointment

I want to ask what the best form for changing a meeting time is. What is the formal way for suggesting another time? Is my sentence ok? Also, is obligatory the right way to describe a class which I ...
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“about which” without a verb after

What does mean "about which concepts to use" in the following sentence: "A priori principles constituting natural science cannot be analytic, because they are not the result merely of discretionary ...
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Can I use a colon and a question mark at the same time?

What punctuation should I use with a monologue that starts out with a rhetorical question and continues with an example? Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one: [...