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I'm confused between these two sentences. Which one's correct ?

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    The first one is not a complete sentence.
    – John Feltz
    Dec 30, 2016 at 13:04
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    What are you trying to say? Are you trying to form a question? It would help if we had more context.
    – stangdon
    Dec 30, 2016 at 13:45
  • The second sentence is asking for advice. The first sentence is incorrect Dec 30, 2016 at 13:47
  • And what the first one is asking for @user178049
    – Ardis Ell
    Dec 30, 2016 at 13:49
  • @ArdisEll The first sentence is incorrect. Dec 30, 2016 at 13:50

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If you are asking someone for an opinion, the second is unambiguous - it conveys that you are indecisive and asks for input.

The first could be taken as a rhetorical, in the same way that "what to do" can be used to convey your indecision without necessarily seeking suggestions.

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Both are correct however, their meanings are slightly different.

"Which one to read first" - It means that one is asking the other that which thing he is supposed to read first? Consider a man who has a servant. He asked his servant to bring a newspaper and read it to him. His servant brings the newspaper however, he doesn't know which news should he tell his master first. So, here he would ask his master, "which one to read first"?

"Which one should I read first" - Here, he basically is asking that what do you suggest reading first.

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  • The difference is still unclear to me :/
    – Ardis Ell
    Dec 30, 2016 at 13:21

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