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Whats the difference between "Where 'you would'/'would you' like to go"? [migrated]

I was wondering if you guys could help me with this. What is the difference there in Where would you like to go? and Where you would like to go?
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Omitting auxiliary verbs

Native speakers often tend to simplify their language, for example they shorten phrases ("I would like to" becomes "I'd like to", etc.). Taking this into account, do native English ...
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When can an embedded interrogative clause exhibit Subject-Auxiliary Inversion?

I found in a comic book an interesting example of an embedded interrogative that had Subject-Auxiliary Inversion (SAI): I'm not too sure what exactly is it that you're asking. Is this Standard English ...
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Is this structure being used in English: "Can you be free not to do something"? [closed]

On an Instagram page, I heard of a structure being used when you actually ask someone not to do something. The structure was: "Can you be free not to Infinitive...?" For example: Can you be ...
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Goodly/godly, loose/lose - name of the rhetorical device? [closed]

What is the name of the following rhetorical device? loose - lose goodly - godly (not in the sense that both words are used in a text but that one is used while implicitly implying the other, e.g. ...
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“What are” or “What is” in a quiz?

I want to ask a typical quiz question for children. In a park, there are 10 bird boxes attached to several trees. The answer in this particular case is plural: bird boxes. Which question is correct? ...
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Vladimir Putin: Who is He? (ascriptive or specifying)

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Pages 270-1) says: Who cannot be used to question properties, hence can’t be an ascriptive PC. Who is he?, for example, can only be specifying. To ...
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What is this "Style" called ? And How do i use it? [duplicate]

Example : Hahaha, I was just joking ...[stops], or was I ? He Sounds very familiar, or does he ? Sorry for the bad explanation but I think you got the point here ...
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"Why [subject] is [property]" VS. "Why is [subject] [property]" in a title [closed]

I'm struggling to appropriately choose between these two alternatives. It will be a title in a presentation I'm making, where [subject] can be "dogs" and [property] can be "great" ...
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What does "a tall question" mean?

During a talk, I heard the expression "this is a tall question". May someone explain what does it mean?
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"Why, and how" VS "Why and how"

In my essay, I have a question like this: "Why, and how does the pH level affect the resulting popping boba?" My mom said that the comma after 'Why' was not needed, like this: "Why ...
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The Syntax of Question words coming in the middle of an interrogative sentence [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Does anybody know how can I create an account? Vs Does anybody know how I can create an account?
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"Whom" is right but I've never EVER heard anyone say "whom" out loud [closed]

For example: "Whom hit you?" "Whom should I pick?" Maybe no one has enough time to think about this in quick, everyday conversation?
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Comma concerning "in which" sentence

I would like to know how to set the comma(s) in this sentence? I visited a course in which we read the book "Heart of Darkness" approaching topics such as imperialism and eurocentrism.
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Word order in a sentence with two question clauses [duplicate]

Which one is correct? And why? Would you be so kind to inform me when should I expect a payment? or Would you be so kind to inform me when I should expect a payment?
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Should you capitalize titles that are questions?

In my job, we often have to make technical tutorials either as presentations or videos. Some presentations contain slides where a question is a title or the introductory title. For example: #27 In a ...
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To which vs Which to [duplicate]

Consider the two sentences To which journal should I submit it? Which journal should I submit it to? Which one is correct and why?
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See 10+ means 11,12…. Right? [closed]

See 10+ means 11,12…. Right? So if you say you have a 10+ relationship with your cousin is 10-11 years or 11-12 years because when I turn one year old I will have 1 years less but when my cousin turns ...
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Please Help: "Audience" usage

I want to write "My whole life, I have been audience to a..." Does that make sense? Should I instead write "been the audience to..." or "been an audience to..." Am I ...
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Should I always use a comma when I include two possible answers in an already complete question?

Should I always use a comma when I include two possible answers in an already complete question? I've been through this stackexchange for this question, as well as top google hits. Nothing yet. Can I ...
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Is there such a thing as "advanced" and "simple" English? [closed]

Whenever I speak to my mum at home, she keeps claiming that my English is "simple" and I need to use harder vocabulary and speak "advanced" English. Is "advanced" English ...
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Using "that" with plural [duplicate]

I used the following grammar construction recently, and got corrected by someone: How many cards are that? Is using "that" when referring to multiple cards (a stack of cards) valid grammar?...
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How to construct a question when asking about future event?

How to ask a person to do something in the future about an event that will end in the future by the time the person is able to answer? Sorry, if this doesn’t make any sense. Here is a situation. A ...
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What is the common answer to the question: What's your eyesight?

I am from Mainland China and I find that the way we describe the eye prescription is totally different from English because we use a different metric system. If someone asks me "What's your ...
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"Damn am I hungry." vs "Damn I am hungry." What is the difference? [duplicate]

I know this is a stupid question, but I've heard a lot of people saying some sentence like that, like interrogative sentence, but they didn't mean to ask a question. Damn am I hungry, lets go get ...
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How do you format punctuation marks around a title that already has punctuation marks? [duplicate]

For example, if the title of the piece of writing is "Can We Know The Universe?" and I want to embed this into a question, where would the question mark belonging to my sentence go? I assume ...
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Can a clause beginning "I assume" be made into a question by intonation?

I recently answered a question on ELL. It included a sentence similar to this: If it's neither A nor B, I assume that it's C? I answered the question, and noted that I think that a clause beginning &...
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Sentence structure with an embedded question in a sentence

There are several instances where we embed questions in a sentence, but what is the conventional structure of those embedded question? For example, She asked if we still need a pen. She asked do we ...
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Does the question "How funny is John?" imply that John is funny? [closed]

I have recently read that questions of the type "How x is y?" might imply different things depending on the adjective used. For example, by asking the question in (1), we have the idea that ...
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Where to put question mark in sentences with two statements

I'm not sure where to put the question mark here. Can anyone help please? But why would anyone want to be famous? Especially since fame brings a bunch of problems. (This punctuation reflects the ...
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"Do you want to...." as an idiom for "Can you please do this?"

My husband and I disagree over my use of the phrase "Do you want to ..." when I'm asking him to please do something for me, for example "Do you want to sweep the floor while I do the ...
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Is it correct to say "...which of the following do you like or not like?"

Is it correct to say "...which of the following do you like or not like?" In specific, I'm interested in the "...do you like or not like?" part. I would rather say "which do ...
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1.The creating process of a video 2.The creation process of a video 3.The process of creating a video, I have searched internet, didn't find anything [duplicate]

1.The creating process of a video 2.The creation process of a video 3.The process of creating a video. I didn't find anything.
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"Who did pictures of upset?" [closed]

From 0 (word salad) to 5 (perfectly grammatical), how would you rank these sentences? I am particularly interested in whether (1b) sounds any worse than (2b) and whether (1c) sounds any better than (...
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Opposite of "the last one"

Let's say there is a group of people that takes turns in carrying out a certain task. This task can be done by other people outside the group, and members of the group can repeat the same task over ...
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Opposite of a rhetorical question

I understand a 'rhetorical question' to be a question that was asked for the purpose of rhetoric, such that the asker was not expecting or interested in a response. When I think of the concept of a ...
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Is this a question or a (polite) command? [duplicate]

I've recently written an email asking someone to do certain things. At the end of my email I ask my correspondent to let me know that they have received my email. I wrote this - > Please can you ...
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How should I write this sentence in grammatically correct way? [closed]

This is my sentence: Do you know what temperature and humidity in your room are? Should I invert in your room and are? I don't know, maybe it will be more accurately: "Do you know what ...
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Is it okay to say "Do you know there is" [closed]

I've come across this sentence below. "Do you know there is an air purification system that will destroy viruses and bacteria floating through the air?" Does this sound natural? It might ...
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What determines what can be pied-piped and what not in wh-movement?

A wh-expression without wh-movement, where the wh-word is the object of the preposition “about”: You are talking about what? A sentence that has undergone wh-movement: What are you talking about? ⸺...
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The variants of asking a question

"Which topic did you write your article about?" "About which topic did you write your article?" "Which topic you wrote your article about?" Which of these variants would ...
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Word for "person to ask"

I am making a data sheet with questions and answers. There's also a column for "Answerer" Which is a bit premature as many of these questions don't yet have answers. Not to mention it's a ...
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When someone asks a question but actually just want to answer it themselves [duplicate]

Is there a term for when someone asks a question but you know it’s only because they either want you to ask them it back, or they want to answer it themselves? Hope I’ve explained this properly!
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Difference between Reply x Answer x Response [closed]

I have a question about conversation in english... i'm only a recently student of english, then I've got a lot of question. If I understood, in a conversation face to face or in some social media, ...
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A reported question which is not even a question

Swan, Practical English Usage (p.250) 3. yes/no questions: He asked if ... Yes/no questions are reported with if or whether (for the difference, see 621). The driver asked if/whether I wanted the town ...
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Around 1960 in Britain "Have you a camera?" or "Do you have a camera?"

Around 1960, when we began learning English in Japan, we were taught British English. To our great surprise, we were forced to change into American English in the next grade. Japanese English teachers ...
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What does this mean? 1 [closed]

According to the gradualist viewpoint, dubbed phyletic gradualism, the origin of novel features, such as the vertebrate eye, can be explained as having arisen from numerous, tiny, imperceptible steps, ...
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What is the date today vs What date is today [closed]

What is the difference between What is the date today? and What date is today? I don't understand why the position of the verb "is" changes and what it means
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Some vs a lot can they be interchangeable?

According to numerous dictionaries, some can also emphasize that a quantity/amount is quite large. Therefore, could I say "There is SOME juice in the glass" with the same meaning as " a ...
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What is the proper way to punctuate a question and answer within the same statement?

How do I punctuate a statement in which both the question and answer are included? For example: Will budgeting alone fix the problem, No!
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