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I went to Starbucks to get a decaf whole bean pack today and one of the staff said it was out of stock.

So, I wanted to know when it is in stock and asked her like "when do you have that in stock?"

We had a smooth conversation but I'm not sure if the sentence was right. Could you help to correct it?

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  • When does that in stock? is not a valid English utterance. But you could reasonably have asked When will that be in stock? Mar 6, 2023 at 17:30
  • replace 'do' with 'will' and it will be idiomatic. Mar 6, 2023 at 19:00

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The most idiomatic way would be to ask:

Do you know when it will be back in stock?

It sounds a little odd to ask "when will it be in stock?" (though I'm sure you would be understood) because that does not necessarily mean a fixed date. Something is 'in stock' for as long as stock exists. By asking when it will be back in stock you are asking for the earliest date that it will be available again.

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  • I fully understand it 🤣 Thank you!
    – Jayy P
    Mar 7, 2023 at 4:15

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