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The following question is correct?

"What this organ is used for?"

This question us supposed to be above a picture of an human organ. The purpose of the question is to get the answer that describe the function of this organ.

  • Actually, I didn't find any result of this structure on Google.

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The form is not correct for a question. It should be:

What is this organ used for?

As a statement you could use it though:

If you ask me, I will tell you what this organ is used for.

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    Could it be that I couldn't find even 3 results on Google with "What is this organ used for?"? May 25, 2015 at 1:05
  • Maybe "quiz" style questions don't search well, since it would only return pages containing the question.
    – user3169
    May 25, 2015 at 2:32
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In reality, you'd likely be understood.

In general, you've stuck a question mark on a statement. This can be done, particularly in speech, because you can raise your pitch at the end of the sentence to make a statement into a question.

Generally in writing, we prefer to rephrase the sentence into the normal question format:

What is this organ used for?

You could also go for something like:

What purpose does this organ serve?

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According what I see the sentence "What is this used for" is not acceptable in anatomical or phisyological world, these worlds prefer to use by sentence else in this case:

What is the function of this organ?

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  • This is not unique to the anatomical world. A textbook on auto repair, for example, would probably not ask, "What is this tappet used for?" but, "What is the purpose of a tappet?" or even, "What does a tappet do?"
    – J.R.
    May 25, 2015 at 2:45
  • "Used for" triggers culinary associations for me - this one should be ground up for saussage, that one is good on a grill.... ^_^ (provided it's from an animal, of course!)
    – Stephie
    May 25, 2015 at 6:31

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