So, while learning the English language, I have seen some examples of this phrase but never really understood it; do people use this phrase right?


  • Is this a joke?

    This one is right one I guess, I use it usually.

  • A phrase that I have seen written or heard from someone:

    Is this is a joke?

    For some reason I often see or hear "is" after the word "this".

    Should I consider "Is this is a joke" totally wrong?

Another question, why would someone use this phrase:

Is this some kind of joke?

And not the usual:

Is this a joke?

Does that depends on how absurd situation is, or alternatively, is it just simply people's preferences?

P.S. I heard all of those phrases only in my country, since I have never had experience to travel anywhere except my country.

  • My answer is rendered inaccurate by the OP's edit. I shall now have to edit my own answer. – Peter Point Sep 19 '16 at 11:03
  • "Is this a joke?" or "Is this some kind of a joke?" is often asked with a sense of irony, when a statement by the other party (or some other occurrence which both of you observe) is incredibly stupid. It is a rhetorical question. It might, eg, be asked of the entire 2016 US presidential election campaign. – Hot Licks Sep 19 '16 at 11:57
  • Got it, haha. Good example. – Vairis Sep 19 '16 at 11:58

Your first example (Is this a joke?) is a simple question that can correctly use the word is before this.

However, I think that your second example (Is this is [sic] a joke?) is "totally wrong". I wonder if you have made a typo, substituting the letter "s" for "f"? If this did happen then the second example should become, "If this is a joke..." This becomes a grammatical possibility if you then add a phrase to make a complete sentence such as, for example, "If this is a joke, then why did you make a joke about it?

Your final example (Is this a joke?) is a simple question, correctly written.

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  • Yes, I did forget about "?" signs :P. Anyway, thank you for your answer. That's all I wanted to know. – Vairis Sep 19 '16 at 11:01

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