I'd like to know which way of asking questions is more common in the UK. Is there any difference?

1 What is the date today or What date is today?
2 What is the day today or What day is today?
3 What time is it or What is the time?
4 Whose bag is it or Whose is the bag?
5 What season is now or What is the season now?
6 What is the weather like today or How is the weather?

Thank you.

  • Three of your examples are not idiomatic, and require an it: "What date is it today?", "What day is it today" and "What season is it today". With that change, they are all idiomatic, and any judgments I would make between them are very slight. – Colin Fine Aug 21 '14 at 15:58
  • Thanks. I actually understand the difference between dates and days. What I meant is - how to ask it properly, in the right way. The same is for other 4 questions written above. – Anna Aug 21 '14 at 15:59
  • I didn't talk about the difference between dates and days. My answer is that, once you fix up the three instances of is now or is today by inserting it, there is almost nothing to choose between your pairs of questions. – Colin Fine Aug 21 '14 at 16:01
  • Hm, there was another comment before yours one minute ago, sorry. – Anna Aug 21 '14 at 16:03
  • @Colin I find nothing unidiomatic about “What day/date is today?”. In fact, I find it less idiomatic if you add in the dummy it, though only marginally. No, scratch that: not less idiomatic—less mellifluous. (This does not go for “What season is it now?”.) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 21 '14 at 17:40

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