I have two sentences. I would like to know which one is correct. Please help me to understand.

"Is the apartment is still available to rent?"
"Does the apartment is still available to rent?"

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    Can you tell us where you got these sentences? Is this an exercise from a book, or are these sentences you are writing? That information can be very helpful; you can read more here. – J.R. Sep 15 '16 at 20:31
  • @J.R I didn't get it from anywhere. I just wanted send an email asking above question. – RJay Sep 15 '16 at 20:36
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    @RJay Neither is correct. Can you tell us why you want to use the verb to be twice in the first sentence? This is the kind of detail we need... – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Sep 15 '16 at 20:39

You cannot use "do" as a question word with "is". "Do" means to act. The word "do" is used in questions to ask whether the action is being performed or not. While "is" is a verb, it does not describe an action.

To form a question with "is", start with the statement:

The apartment is still available to rent.

Now instead of adding "does" as a question word, move "is" to the beginning:

Is the apartment still available to rent?

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  • What "do" means is irrelevant. There is a small class of verbs which form questions and negatives without "do": modals such as "can", "may", "will", "ought"; All parts of "be"; and some uses of "have" (for some speakers, all uses of "have"). All other verbs require "do" to form their negative and interrogative. – Colin Fine Apr 11 '19 at 0:24

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