Questions tagged [interrogatives]

This tag is for inquiries about the interrogative grammatical form, element, or construction, such as would be employed in the formation of a question.

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Are there plural forms to interrogatives like “who”?

In Greek there are different singular and plural forms of τίς (who): Singular: τίς - who? τίνος - whose? τίνι - to whom? τίνα - whom? Are there plural English forms? τίνες - τίνων - τίσι(ν) - ...
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Does altering the structure of an interrogative sentence change the meaning?

When we change the structure of an interrogative sentence, such as: Am I not supposed to go there? like this: I'm not supposed to go there? Does the meaning stay the same? If not, are there ...
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Is contraction obligatory in negative interrogative sentences?

I know that a verb and "not" are usually contracted when together in a negative interrogative sentence. Example: Aren't they lovely? Is it grammatically wrong to avoid the contraction? Example: ...
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Why do you need 'that' here?

What did he do that was so wrong? Why don't you say that without 'that'? I asked this somewhere else a few months ago, and got an wonderful answer. I thought that was reasonable enough. The answer ...
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Sentence structure of negative interrogative sentences

I was reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", when I came across a line whose structure I cannot understand. The line is "Is not he a charming man?". Shouldn't it be "Is he not a charming man?"?...
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“In / how many percents is it smaller”?

If I have two apples, one is smaller (/bigger) than the second. What's the way to ask about the differences between them in percents? Could it be correct to say 1) "In how many percents is this ...
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Can I add ‘if’ before ‘they’ in the sentence?

Did you know they were coming by air? Can I add ‘if’ before ‘they’ in the sentence above and is it usual to delete ‘if’ before ‘they’ ?
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Difference between 'I don't know how can I' and 'I don't know how I can'?

I am confused between I don't know how can I do this and I don't know how I can do this Can anyone explain difference between these sentences?
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interrogative adverbs used like interrogative pronouns

Why are the interrogative adverbs "where" and "when" used like interrogative pronouns in the sentences below? Where are you from? From when to when did you live there? Since when is Jane your sister?
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'How much is the world so hard to live in, that some people give up their lives?' Is this sentence correct?

I want to express 'The world is so hard to live in, that some people give up their lives.' as an interrogative form, so that I can emphasize the meaning of it. Please let me know if this ...
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In a negative-intergative sentence, whether NOT before subject or after subject?

I'm a boy. I'm happy. I'm eating rice. I eat rice. I have eaten rice. I'm here. I'm in Canada. What would be negative questions for all above? I'm confused sometimes "NOT" sits before subject like ...
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Which (country)

Can the word "country" be omitted in the following? John visited France, Spain, and Italy last year. Which (country) did he like best? John visited France, Spain, and Italy last year. In ...
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Relative Pronoun Problem

This is the flyover whose inauguration was done by the transport minister. This is the flyover inauguration of which was done by the transport minister. why 2. is correct??
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If you have (any) questions

Do I need to use any in the following sentence? Does any change the meaning of the following sentence? If you have (any) questions on the subject, feel free to ask me. As an English speaker would ...
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What was your name vs. What is your name?

Quite often when I am talking over phone with some customer service representative, if they'd need to ask my name again they'd go like What was your name Similarly I heard my teacher asking ...
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Joining two interrogative sentences with coordinating conjunction

How should I join two interrogative sentences with a coordinating conjunction? Should the purpose of our education be focused only on ornamenting students with great degrees or it should be ...
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Can we add the phrase “do you think” in an interrogative sentence and not reverse the subject-verb order?

I was chatting with my friend and I asked him this question. But, then I was not sure if it was grammatically correct because I had never used the phrase "do you think" with an interrogative sentence. ...
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use of article in exclamatory and interrogative sentence

See the following examples: What sort of (a) man he is! To my knowledge, this is wrong because in sentences starting with 'what kind of' 'what sort of' 'what type of' 'what variety of' and in ...
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“why don't I/ I don't/ have your phone number” vs "why I am not / am I not/ having your phone number

Suppose you work in a office and there is a guy there who you know for a year and you he asks you to call him so that he could find his missing phone through hearing the phone vibrating or something. ...
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Is 'what for' identical to'why'

(1) I wondered what she was crying for. (2) I wondered why she was crying. Are (1) and (2) exchangeable? Is 'what for' identical to ‘why’ in this context?
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Difference between “Are you sure to continue?” and “Are you sure you want to continue?”

A: "Are you sure to continue?" B: "Are you sure you want to continue?" Is the first sentence grammatically correct? And what is the difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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Can we say “The sound of what is this?” or “This is the sound of what?” (American English)

In American English, can we say either of these sentences interchangeably? The sound of what is this? This is the sound of what? Context: Imagine I heard a sound at home which sounds like it ...
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How would formally ask someone to confirm return date to book a ticket

I would like to book a return ticket back to my hometown for a particular date. I need to ask my someone before finalizing the date. How can I express that in a question form? I have few examples: ...
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Question about WH questions

Here are some interrogative statements which are right/wrong (both in American and British English). Right- What took you so long? Who killed my friend? What disease took away my ...
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Did you surprise? vs Have you surprised?

I'm going to meet one of my friend next week. I want to ask about her feeling when her son announced that he will get married with a foreign girl. (Maybe her son announced 1 month ago, I want to ask ...
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Use of helping verb in interrogative sentence

Look at these two examples: Why did Dolores try to flood the forge? Why Dolores tried to flood the forge? Is the second example grammatically wrong as the helping verb is not used before the ...
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'on what' or 'on which' floor are you?

Our college is a tall building and sometimes friends tell me that they are waiting for me somewhere there. Not always I'm not sure about the floor that he or she is on. So I would like to know how to ...
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“How many language do you speak?” OR “How many language you speak?”

How many language do you speak? OR How many language you speak? Which one is correct? What is the difference? I have found another example: How much food are you going to take with ...
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Can I ask “with whom?” while the mentioned name of the person wasn't clear for example?

My friend: I was there together with (Jon). I wanted to speak with him. I didn't hear well the name, or the name wasn't clear to me, and I asked him: Me: With whom? It that correct to ask ...
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Can “How soon” be used with the past tense? If not what would be an alternative for it?

How soon will you get back home? I am sure this question is correct. Can we ask if how soon you took to get back home or How soon did you take to get back home?
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complex interrogative sentence

a)Would you mind telling me which tv series it was? b)Would you mind telling me which tv series was it? which usage is correct? This is a complex sentence with 'which' as a linker and the tone is ...
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“Where there was food?” Vs. “Where was there food?”

What is the correct interrogative structure of existential clause in present and past tense? Choice 1 (A): "was there food?" Choice 2 (A): "there was food?" Another example just with ...
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How do we interpret “How do you know?”

It may seem a rather strange question, however, not all foreign learners can understand and interpret the phrase (or part of it) "How do you know?" correctly. I mean, when we ask "How big is it?" - ...
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How to change an interorgative sentence from active to passive

Are you going to sell the book? I change it as follows : Is the book going to be sold My friends said it's not the correct answer Please help
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“What … will” v.s. “What will…”

Compare the following pair of sentences: What Chinese Tariffs Targeting American Crops Will Mean For Farmers What will Chinese tariffs targeting American crops mean for farmers? Why does the ...
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Which of the following is grammatically correct and why?

1) Tell me, what would you have done? 2) Tell me, what you would have done?
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answering “Yes” or “No” for a question “She doesn't hate me, right?”

I am not a native English speaker. It is very confusing how to answering "Yes." or "No." for a negative question with "right?" added at the end. Tom: She doesn't hate me, right? Tom's Friend: ...
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How to turn English sentence into question formation

How do I convert basic sentence ("There remains one question.") into a interrogative sentence? I appreciate your answer in advance. Is it "Does there remain one question?" Or "Does one question ...
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Why there are 2 'do' in How do you do

I'm a non native English learner.I was learning grammar and found repetition of same helping verb in following sentences How do you do? What did you do? Why there are 2 do/did in such sentences. Can ...
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How to ask someone about my position in a waiting list?

Suppose that your name is in a waiting list. Now you want to know how many persons are ahead of you. How would you ask that? Does it make any sense to say something like: Would you tell me how my ...
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Is this an application of mediopassive voice in interrogative sentences?

I found a question written as in one of my books: What is the number of bytes needed for an instruction to store in memory? I believe the bold part makes the sentence in mediopassive voice. Isn't ...
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interrogative sentence with two clauses?

There is this question and it is confusing me: Has the applicant completed, or is currently enrolled in any other studies or training outside XYZ (country name)? The answer is: Yes or No ...
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Order of words in interogative sentences

I was afraid to ask this question since I couldn't find any reference online and it kind of breaks the rules of grammar, but I'm curious to know if it can have any meaning and may be possible in ...
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Is it grammatical/common to put “are” after the subject in questions?

Example: 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.
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What is different between “What is the dog can do?” and “What can the dog do?”

What are different "what is the dog can do?" and" what can the dog do?" The right answer is: "What can the dog do?" The question is how to make Interrogative sentences? The sentence is It ...
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How to cope with such sentence?

I wrote the following sentence and then immediately I understood that it's apperently incorrect. Now I'm not sure what is the natural way which native English speaker would say this thing. "Does ...
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Why there is a word “does” in the first sentence and no “does” in the second?

What time does the plane arrive tomorrow? Where the plane arrives? Or one of this sentences is incorrect? (I'm not english-speaking person).
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should 'do' be used in this type of interrogative sentence below?

Can you tell me how do you/people feel about...? Should auxiliary "do" be used in the sentence ? if shouldn't, then why? is there any general distictive rule to determine it easily. For example, it ...
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When to use Does and Is while starting the Interrogative sentence?

I am confused which is the correct sentence Does your company works on php? Is your company works on php? Do your company works on php?
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Interrogative determiners: Usage of which and what? and in which context?

I'm reading and understand the idea of determiners. So as per my understanding, we use "which" as a determiner to ask a question about a specific group of people or things When we are asking a ...