Which one are we watching?

Which one we're watching?

Is it common to do this? Sometimes I see it, but many native English speakers tell me that I should add the are.

  • You've not omitted anything. "We're" is short for "we are". Effectively, the word "are" occurs in both sentences. But no, if it's a complete sentence, it has to be "are we". ("Which one we're watching" would work as part of a sentence - "I don't know which one we're watching" - or as the response to the question, "What would you like to know?".) – rjpond Oct 28 '17 at 11:45
  • @rjpond You're right. I updated the question. – alex Oct 28 '17 at 11:47

"Which one are we watching?" is a question. "Which one we're watching" is an incomplete sentence (a noun phrase, I believe).

"I don't know which one we're watching" would be a complete question.

More information on how to form questions in English. The auxiliary "to be" verb is required, one way or another.

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