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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"will you not open the door" meaning

Will you not open the door? That could be a request for the listener to open the door. But could it also be a request for the listener not to open the door?
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Who's that book by? vs. Whom's that book by?

Who's that book by? vs. Whom's that book by? Which one is more spoken by native English speakers? Which one is more written by native English writers? In terms of grammar, in the past, only 'whom' ...
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"Did the glass get broken"

I know if I say "The glass got broken" It is usually a passive construction and it could mean "The glass was broken" / as in an action instead of a state or it could mean "The ...
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in which/in how

Spring Flower Gifts trains every manager in its retail stores in _______ they should deal with customer service. a. which b. who c. what d. how The answer is d. I'd like to know why a. can't be ...
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"what function are they" or "what function they have"?

What is the grammatical structure of the second sentence? What is the indicative form would be? Is it equivalent to "What function or use they have in our lives? But why do we have to have ...
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When will be A... p.p VS When will A be p.p

I'm confused between two interrogative sentences. The first is "When will my score be updated?" The second is "When will be my score be updated? Which sentence is a gramatically correct ...
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What year or Which year?

I am a bit confused between "What year or Which year" Below are some examples, although all seems correct to me. I hope someone can explain what is correct and why? Which year is a leap year?...
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Where should a preposition be used in an interrogative sentence?

From where are you ? Or where are you from? 2.At what time do you come ? Or What time do you come at ? Aren't the latter sentences in both the examples correct ?
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"Does this and this help?" or "Do this and this help?"?

Which one is correct: "Does this and this help?" ("this" and "this" as a whole/as one together) or "Do this and this help?" ("this" and "this&...
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What's the difference between "Would you like to go on a long drive with me?" and "Would you like to go with me on a long drive?"

Would you like to go on a long drive with me? Would you like to go with me on a long drive? The position of "with me" is different in both of the above interrogative sentences. As per my ...
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what all did they do

a. What all did they do last night? I think 'what all' is used informally in American English in questions such as (a). I was wondering if it is used at all in British English and would also like to ...
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'Not' before a noun subject in a question

We know that if we don't use contraction, the structure of a negative question is as follows: Auxiliary verb + subject + not + verb ...? e.g., (1) 'Does he not go to school everyday?' (2) 'Does the ...
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Usage of "How" for referring to amount or quality instead of proposing questions

As I know, I can start an interrogative sentence with "How" for proposing questions like: How fast does this car go? How much does this car cost? Can I start a declarative sentence or a ...
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who my roommate was

a. He asked me who my roommate was. a. He asked me who was my roommate. Are both grammatically correct? What is the difference in their meanings if they are both correct? I can see at least three ...
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“Any of the rest of…”

Two members of a ten-member group are going to a conference. A person wants to know if anyone else from the group is going. Is the following question naturally phrased? “Are any of the rest of them ...
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Can the same thing be said as both an imperative sentence and an interrogative sentence?

"Guess what it is going to be next." "Guess what is it going to be next?" Do both the sentences express the same thing i.e. asking or instructing the listener to guess?
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Question about using 'how many days' in interrogative sentences

As far as I observed people would use when instead, but still, I wonder if the sentences below are grammatically correct. How many days later will you come (back)? After how many days will you be ...
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is + past perticiple? and was + past participle?

When is the last time you danced? When was the last time you danced? Yesterday I saw the first sentence written and I don't know if it's correct. Are both of these options correct? If so what's the ...
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Why is inversion applied in some subordinate interrogative clauses when a subject is asked for?

Preamble The main concern of this post was discussed in this thread. However, both the OP and I were not convinced of the explanation in the existing answer and comments. I tried to talk to the author ...
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"what" or "which" when no prior range is given

Which of the following sentences are natural? If the context didn't name a range of hotels, would it be okay to use "which"? Location is one of the factors I would consider when deciding on ...
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how better for me to

a. How better for me to learn English than to hang out with you? b. How faster for me to get there than to come along with you? Are both of the above sentences grammatically correct? I think (a) is ...
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George became a writer of detective stories. (What / Which) did George become a writer of?

In the declarative sentence: George became a writer of detective stories. We changed it to interrogative sentence: (What / Which) did George become a writer of? Should I use What or Which?
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Is using "ed" (2nd form of verb) with "did" correct in "Did she have us figured out all along?"

Recently I was watching an anime named Armed Girl's Mischiavellism (DUB). In episode 7 at 2:37 - 2:40 minutes, the guy says: Did she have us figured out all along? Is this sentence correct? If so, ...
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Is it correct to use both verb-to-be and verb-to-have in an interrogative sentence?

Is the man you met good-looking and have a stable job? Is it vegan and have high protein?
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What will "the weather be" or "be the weather"?

The question about the weather should be 1- What/how will the weather be? While I found a lot of examples with the form of: 2- What/how will be the weather? Doesn't the grammatical form of questions (...
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Why can't we say "if will there be any novels" as a question? [duplicate]

Which is correct and why: I'll be grateful if you give me some details: where can I find the library and if there will be any novels? I'll be grateful if you give me some details: where can I find ...
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know what he did to some

a. Do you know what he said to some people in my neighborhood? b. I want to know what he said to some people in your neighborhood, because they've started hating me. c. Do you know what he did to ...
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which scientist vs. what scientist

a. What scientist invented the steam engine? b. What man invented the steam engine? c. Which scientist invented the steam engine? d. Which man invented the steam engine? Which are grammatically ...
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Can we use affirmative sentences word order in interrogative questions

In case of interrogative questions, when we already have questioning words like When, Which, Where,... with subjects in 3nd person form (he, she, it) I tend to omit auxiliary word and use affirmative ...
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Interrogative form for the status related sentence

Which one is the correct interrogative form of the below sentence: This proxy server is an Apache-Http instance. Is this proxy server an Apache-Http instance? OR Does this ...
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What is difference in using do, would in interrogative sentences?

Consider the following sentence. Meera asked her mother-in-law, “__ you like something to drink before dinner?” The four options are would, do, will and did. The correct answer is would. I am ...
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Using a narration in interrogative sentence

Suppose ABC told XYZ, "I don't need it today. Bring it tomorrow". I need to use it inside an interrogative sentence. What is the correct way to write it? See my try below: Did ABC tell XYZ &...
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Will vs shall in interrogative sentences?

As a non-native English speaker I face difficulty in understanding about shall vs will in interrogative sentences. can you please suggest which one is correct? 1. will i do? 2. shall i do? Why we use ...
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Are these two questions both grammarly correct?

What is the most suitable method of xxx for improving xxx? or What method of xxx is most suited to improve xxx? or What method of xxx is most suited for improving xxx? Sorry for the xxx, but I'd ...
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Interrogative questions beginning with "Which"

In my grammar textbook, it is just written that in order to change a sentence to a question, we have to swap the places of subject and verb: John has arrived. Has John arrived? But some questions ...
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What is the purpose of "that" in "I wonder how close that I came"?

This is from the song "Worthless" by Van Dyke Parks from the movie The Brave Little Toaster. I once ran the Indy 500 I must confess I'm impressed how I did it I wonder how close that I came ...
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"When did you bought/buy the sim card?" [closed]

Which one is correct and why When did you bought the sim card? Or When did you buy the sim card?
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Use of the word 'where' [closed]

What's the subtle difference between the sentences ' where is he going ?' and 'He is going where'
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Don't show him what are in the box!

Two guys meet each other at night and one of them shows the other a box where there are three guns. Then a police officer appears and asks: What is in the box? Can the guy whom was shown the box ...
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-You are losers! - Who are losers!? We?

If two group of people meet each other and someone says: You are losers! Will it be correct if he will be answered like Who are losers!? We? Naaah, you are! Or it should be said like a singular ...
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By what kind of means

I had a sentence It was not very convenient to cut bread by knife Then I made it interrogative with a special question: By what was it not very convenient to cut bread? Then decided to change "by" ...
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Should I say "What's that mean" or "What does it mean"?

I've been listening this expression from movies and it seems that native speakers used to say "What's that mean" when they want to ask about the meaning of something. Is this expression right for ...
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Who's that - this ? Or Who's he - she?

I am trying to learn English and I really appreciate your help. my question is: What is more common in the native speakers, when u don't know about one person? WHO'S THIS? - WHO'S THAT? or WHO'S ...
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How to answer this car question?

What do cars run on ? Is the answer gas or road? I am confused by this question.
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Should i use "those" in this sentence?

The remaining students are chosen among those who were unable to enter any of the schools they applied to. I am sure this sentence is flawless. The remaining students are chosen among who were ...
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"I would have selected you even without a recommendation."

I would have selected you even without a recommendation. What would be the question to this sentence?
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Why is "what's what?" always wrong as a question?

When I talk to somebody, and I miss a certain part(word) of the sentence they said, I have a habit of replacing the unheard part with what and ask the same sentence like this: Speaker: Can you ...
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Can I use "You can" rather than "Could you" in restaurants?

I'm learning restaurant English. I tend to use "You can" but my English teacher always corrects me to use "Could you". She is telling me "You don't want your server to be angry". I think if I say "...
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Uptalk with question words such as "What", "Where", and "How"

In casual spoken English, is it okay to speak English like sentences in bold below? 01 A: Where you are going? B: To the movies. 02 A: What you talked about with your friends ...
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Is The Present Continuous possible here?

_______ (visit) your aunt while you are in Paris? I think the answers can be: Will you be visiting Will you visit Are you going to visit. What about the present continuous, Are you visiting. Is ...
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