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who do you not love or who don't you love? > wh negative questions word order [closed]

I know it might seem silly but it stroke me that wh negative with auxiliary "do" questions may not be so easy to understand. I count on your expertise to help me with the following: Consider ...
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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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Wh-question about the future [migrated]

So I have a question in my book: When will the meeting take place? Can I say the following instead? When is the meeting? We are talking about timetable kind of thing, aren't we?
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“By whom” vs. “By who” with passive modal for forming questions

Consider this sentence: Children should be taught appropriate behavior by their parents. If We want to question the actual doer of the action (their parents), are these correct? By whom should ...
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Question Word +TO-infinitive +Complement : Can this pattern be used for a direct question?

On the internet I have found some titles of articles that use the following pattern of construction: Question word + TO-infinitive + Complement I know that such structure fulfill different functions, ...
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Why isn't the word “Which” one of the 5 Wh-question words?

Wikipedia has a nice history article on the 5 question words beginning with "Wh" namely, Who, What, Where, When, and Why But nothing on the word "Which." Could this be just ...
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Compound interrogative pronouns

I'm confused what compound interrogative pronoun are used for? And what meaning does it give to a sentence? For ex Whoever told you so? Which also means who told you so? But what meaning does a ...
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Can he be an object pronoun?

I understand that a sentence can have more than one subject, but I don't understand the grammatical role of he in the question below and which verb he is performing if he is also a subject. Who is ...
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Who vs. whom when the he/him test is unclear

I'm not sure whether the following sentence requires who/whom: Does anyone know who/whom I can speak with about that? If a similar sentence began with who/whom, it would be "whom." Whom can I speak ...
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Diagramming simple wh- “to be” sentences

I have read a syntax book cover to cover and it seems to stubbornly avoid diagramming sentences with "to be" (or other auxilliary verbs) functioning as the principal verb. For example: That dog is ...
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“When did you go there?” vs “When you went there?” [closed]

Could someone help me to understand the difference between these two sentences. When did you go there? When you went there? What is the correct way of using these forms?
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Difference between “where is he from” and “where he is from” [closed]

what will be the question of he is from the USA? Is it "where he is from?"/"where is he from?". And why is it so?
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Where does the verb go on this question? Is it even a reported question?

I understand that when I report a question, I put the subject back in front of the verb, as in: "He asked if she was going to be late." But I always get puzzled when it comes to reporting a question ...
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“What's” in indirect questions

Lets consider the following: The book doesn't explain, "What's the wisdom behind education?" Changing this to an indirect question becomes the following: The book doesn't explain what the ...
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Position of verb for object clause

Is the general word order of this sentence correct? We investigate how strong the effect of X on Y is. Or, as an alternative, We investigate how strong the effect of X is on Y. In a preprint ...
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“Why can't I see?” or “Why I can't see?”?

Which of the following is correct? Why can't I see? Why I can't see? I am a bit confused, since both have inversion, negation and a "why" in the beginning.
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Why do we put the verb to be at the end of these questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing subject and verb positions in statements and questions Look at the following questions - can anyone give a simple grammatical explanation as to why we put the verb to ...
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Syntactic problem with Wh-questions: grammaticality

I strongly need someone's help to solve this problem of grammaticality: I have to say why these examples are ungrammatical. Which book did you make the suggestion that the children should read? ...
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“I'm not sure what the right way is”

I believe the sentence in the title is grammatically correct. Recently I've seen too many people writing it this way: I'm not sure what is the right way. Is it grammatically correct as well? ...
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Wh-questions: auxiliary verbs or not?

What's the difference between these two questions: Why they chose football? and Why did they choose football?