How should a student ask their teacher for the due date of the homework? Should they ask:

A: "When is the homework due?”
B: “What date is the homework due?”
C: “What's the date for the homework?”
D: “When is the homework for?”

Are these correct and pertinent? Are there any other ways to put it?

  • Options A and B are fine. Option C is acceptable, but not as good as the first two. Avoid Option D. – J.R. Oct 8 '18 at 21:08

The simplest correct way would be.

A: When is the homework due?

In context, "When's it due?" also works.

You could also use B, but it is no improvement on A.

  • I'm not sure I entirely agree that B has "no improvement." In my mind, anyway, Option A could be answered with a date or a time, particularly for an on-line class. Option B makes it clear we are more interested in the date than the time of day. – J.R. Oct 9 '18 at 16:23
  • I feel that the context (asking about homework) already makes it sufficiently clear that we are asking about days or dates, and not about hours or minutes. – James K Oct 10 '18 at 13:45
  • I can tell you've never taught an online class. :-) A due date usually suffices when students hand in their assignments at the beginning or end of class time. Online classes, though, often have homework due at various odd hours. – J.R. Oct 10 '18 at 13:55

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