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Using 'why noun' instead of 'why noun?' in a title? [closed]

These appear interchangeable to me: Example: With regards to the company's green logo. Why green Green was the colour chosen by... Why green? Green was the colour chosen by... Are both options ...
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A question that relevant to commas [closed]

I have an issue about putting commas in this sentence. Do I need a comma where I put '(?)'? Maybe there are another mistakes. I would appreciate your help. The sentence: We started the 'ordeal' ...
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The core difference between phonetics and phonology [closed]

What are the differences between phonetics and phonology?
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Answering questions starting with “Can you tell me …”

For questions like - Can/could you tell me a joke? - Can/could you tell me where the coffee place is? - Can/could you name an actor who lives in Canada? and so on... Should this be answered with "yes"...
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Are “How much” and “How many” used in Object Questions, Subject Questions or both?

I came across with a text saying that questions starting with "How much" and "How many" are considered Subject Questions. I understand that in examples like: How many people are in the party? How ...
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Confusion about articles/quantifiers: “a Tesco” VS “any Tesco” VS “Tesco” [migrated]

Which of these ques­tions, if any, would work when po­litely ask­ing a stranger? If more than one works, what if any dif­fer­ence is there be­tween them? Ex­cuse me, is there a Tesco over there? Ex­...
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Is it correct to say “oxygen masks were donned on passengers”? [closed]

I'm in doubt. I don't know what preposition should be used after don. I couldn't find any. However I found that don means put on... Is it correct to say "oxygen masks were donned on passengers"?
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Can I ask a question immediately after a comma? (e.g. xyz, could you…?)

Is it grammatically correct? If yes, is it a good practice? e.g. As I am confused by the phrase “LMFAO”, could you elaborate on it please? -thanks
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When referring to a company, should I use only “who” or use only “what/that”, or are they both the same?

Examples with who Welcome to our service centre! Who is your service provider, please? The service provider who can best meet your needs is XYZ. Examples with what/that Welcome to our service ...
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“Oh boy, do I love it!” What kind of grammatical structure is this?

I think I’ve heard some people express their enthusiasm/strong emotion by starting a sentence with a verb as in a question form. How common is this and for what kind of sentence will it be awkward to ...
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Which is correct, “Ride on the wind” or “Ride the wind”?

I would like to get a tattoo, but I'm afraid to have something “grammatically incorrect” on my skin. I would love to get “Ride on the wind”, because it’s the title of a famous Korean song that I love, ...
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How do I ask a pupil in what specific Grade he is ? (for example 7A, 7B etc)

in the 80s and 90s when I was in school in Romania, each romanian school had a class (in other words all pupils in for example Grade 7 of that school) divided into several units, each unit being ...
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Is this sentence correct? “Where does Donald Trump stand in the presidential hierarchy?”

I want to ask a question such that the answer will be "Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States". Can any English native speaker say the best question I can ask?
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'I wanted to ask (you) if' vs 'Can I ask (you) if'

I was told recently that the first variant is rude (mainly, because of the word 'wanted'). So I should use the second one. Is it true? Or are both the options okay? Thank you.
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Admit (to) cheating?

I'm trying to figure out which one is the right way, grammatically: Why won't you admit cheating in the exam? Why won't you admit to cheating in the exam? Thank you!
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What is it called when someone asks a question but it's not really root/true question they have?

In other words, they are asking a question which seems to them like the right question to ask ("How do I get to point B from point A?") when they are really at point A and are trying to get to point C....
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What are differences of “How does Google Work?” and “How Google Works?” [closed]

If I want to ask someone that how Google company's structure is working together, which sentence is correct?
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Are these questions or statements?

'Are there no PhDs in England' and 'Or you just wanted to go Holland' Context: my friend is applying for a PhD in Holland, and I want to know why he applied to one in Holland not England.
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Word for a compliment that is disguised as a question

A term for question that is asked in public with intention to make the questioner or the person being asked appear in a better light. As an example, a question asked in British parliament to the ...
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Why you're laughing vs Why are you laughing? [closed]

Recently I was talking to my friend in English. He started laughing and I asked him Why you're laughing man? Someone told me you should say Why are you laughing? and this one is totally wrong. I got ...
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Using “Can I know the price?”

Does it sounds odd to say “Can I know the price?”
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A quick subject/object question

Here is the sentence: Han wants to become a worker. I would like to ask about his job intentions. Which one would be the correct version to do that: 1) Who does Han want to become? 2) Who Han ...
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How to structure a question using “where” to ask about a path/intermediate location

In Portuguese, I can ask literally "Por onde vais?" meaning something like "What is the path you are taking?" I would like to know how to ask this in English, using "where", possibly a preposition (by,...
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Auxiliary “do” in questions, sometimes mandatory, sometimes not [duplicate]

I have doubts about the "do" auxiliary in questions, and its use, and what makes it mandatory. Is it true that "How many XXX have you got?" is wrong? And why do you have to put the auxiliary here, I'...
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When you ask something with 'why', you can anwer with 'when'?

Child: Mister Jackie is a bad man. Detective: Why is he a bad man, sweetie? Child: He follows me into the bathroom. Detective: Why does he do that? Child: When I have to go. It's ...
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Grammatical name and function

These apologists also advance the argument "that the bride-price helps to keep polygamy in check" please what is the grammatical name given to this and what is its function?
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Was not because of/ but of?

How do I say this properly, when I want to say that the result was not because of x but of y? For example: The outcome was not because of x but (of) y? Do I use of here?
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Past tense questions in Middle English

I am attempting to ask a question that would be in past tense using middle English. The specific question is of the form “Person, where did you find this thing?” I was not able to find much about ...
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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What is the proper way to ask about contract period in email? [duplicate]

What I have thought about, is to send below email: Hello Ms. XYZ, I was wondering if I could know about the contract period before the final technical interview. Is this formal? Should I put ...
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What is the answer? <--What's the subject?

This might seem like a simple question, but I'm not sure it definitely is. What is the Subject, in its most likely reading, of the question: What is the answer? Is it the noun phrase (NP) ...
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Question marks (again!)

I'm sorry, I've looked at other places here, and can't find the exact answer - maybe the searching strategy I'm using isn't good. There are some related ones, though none solving this that I can see. ...
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Is it correct to say “where don't you like to go? ”

Is it correct to say "where don't you like to go?" or we must say "where do you not like to go?" . If both does it make any difference where to use them?
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Do native speakers actually “feel” the difference between the following sentences?

[A] Haven’t they sold many tickets? [B] Haven’t they sold a lot of tickets? According to the Cambridge dictionary, there's a difference in meaning here. When we use much and many in negative ...
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Interrogative form without the use of auxiliary verb (not about inflection or informal convo)

I've looked up some threads before writing this and haven't found what I'm looking for. This is not about informality or oral use of the language. Consider these two questions: What happened to ...
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What are the nuances in the changed meaning behind the two following sentences when only the last sentence is changed into the other? [closed]

What are the nuances in the changed meaning behind the two following sentences when only the last sentence is changed into the other? 1) I have to kill her before she kills me. But, what should I ...
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relative pronouns: “where I'd never been before” or “to which I'd never been before”?

I did an exercise, and there was a sentence that make me confused. Can you help me with it. Yesterday we visited the City Museum, (______) I'd never been before. There are 4 answers to chose: ...
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A question about ' and 's [duplicate]

So my name is Arnas. Some people write my name as Arnas's, other people write my name as Arnas' without '(s). Which is a better way to write, ' or 's if names end with letter S?
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follow up message

I am asking an expert for a piece of advise, I have wrote the message, but he did not answer. I am going to write a follow up. Which one is more tolerant and correct: 1) Hi Ann! How's it going? Did ...
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Should a question mark be used when describing a question but not asking the question?

For example: Bob Smith, creates a film that questions what the best way to raise child is and what is happiness in the first place. Should a question mark be used after each 'question'?
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Adjective clause

I want to make my sentence fluent so is the following sentence is correct? If not then how should I write it? For example, I brought a book from India and kept it in my home but someone stole from ...
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Is there a term for giving context to a question directly following the question?

Example: Do you have lava flavored Ice Cream? I was recently on a trip to Hawaii and they had the most amazing lava flavored Ice Cream and I thought I just had to check to see if you had some. ...
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Asking about myself question [closed]

I'd like to ask a person to guess my age. What is the correct question? Can you guess how old is me? or Can you guess how am I old? or Can you guess how old am I?
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How can I ask WH questions for a sentence that contains Passive Voice? What is the rule for it?

The example of sentence is A feast had been prepared at the hotel La Reserve to celebrate the engagement of Edmond and Mercedes. I'd like to ask this question: Where had a feast been prepared? ...
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An alternative of “What is the impact of” [closed]

I am writing my thesis and I have been using the question What is the impact of X on Y? quite a lot. As an alternative, I change the word impact to effect, which is still the same. Is there any ...
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Semicolon usage for question-statement combos

I have read the various postings here about how and how not to use semicolons, but I've not seen and answer anything about how to deal with end of the sentence punctuation with sentence-statement ...
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“Against whom” vs “Whom against”

Against whom are you playing? Whom against are you playing? (Some better way to say this) Can anyone explain which sentence is the exactly correct one, or provide one that is? Does the order of the ...
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What is the name for a question that decides what further questions to ask?

I am struggling to come up with what this would be called, but it feels like there is almost certainly a word/phrase for it. For example, let's say we have a survey and the first question is a yes or ...
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Does a question mark (?) come to the end of a sentence which starts with “How to …” ? if no/yes why? [duplicate]

Do these sentences need question mark? How To Repair and Restore Windows 10 (?) Or How to fix java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Failed resolution of: Ljava/beans/Introspector error (?) (this ...
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When should a how title end in a question mark? [duplicate]

I've read up on several questions before finally deciding to post. This should be something trivial but I would like to know when it is most appropriate or if it is standard practice to end a how ...

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