Is the question "Sure to delete selected elements?" correct? I have seen this many times. Can I use such questions in this form on a website? Does it make a difference to place it on a website? I have found this answer but it is not exactly what I am looking for.
Questions (interrogative sentences) in English do not generally begin with an adjective, except informally:
Sure you want to quit now?
Which is shorthand for:
Are you sure [that] you want to quit now?
However, the real problem is that the sentence doesn't mean what the writer thinks it does. Consider this:
Are you sure to leave?
This is a slightly archaic way of saying "will you definitely be going?", which is not at all the same question as "do you want to leave?".
A more likely correct translation would be "OK to delete selected elements?" as a confirmation of whether or not you really want to delete those things.
"OK" and "Sure" can be used somewhat interchangeably as the answer to a question seeking confirmation:
Can I do something?
But they are not interchangeable when you are asking the question:
- Is it OK if I do something?
- ??Is it sure if I do something?
When asking permission to proceed, it's common to leave out the "Is it", so you end up with the form:
OK to delete selected elements?