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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Which is the correct question ("Who has" vs "Who have")?

The situation is that: We've already read three English novels. Which is the correct question for that situation? Who has already read three English novels? Who have already read three English ...
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"How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?"

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? (I found this sentence on a friend's wall on Facebook) How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? or it should be How many ...
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What is the difference between "How about" vs "What about"?

Can anyone tell me the difference between How about and What about in the following sentences? What should I say: What about her or How about her ? And, Should I say What about playing cards or ...
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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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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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How to ask what time the bank opens

When is the bank open? When is the bank opened? When does the bank open? I want to ask what time the bank opens. I thought the last one (#3) is correct, but I saw in a book that the first one (#1) ...
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Question sentences involving negation

(1) Does he not know? (2) Doesn't he know? I don't usually see and hear questions formed in the first style. I was even surprised to know that it is grammatically correct. And actually it is the most ...
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"What do you think …." constructions

I am very confused regarding the use of What/how/etc. do you think ... as questions. e.g.: What do you think is my name? What do you think my name is? and, How do you think it is ...
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Is "who" singular or plural?

Which one of the following is correct: What do residential areas in a big city look like, and who lives there? What do residential areas in a big city look like, and who live there? There are more ...
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Is "how you do you" grammatical?

I read this on the Stack Overflow blog: Computer security is always evolving. Passwords are “what you know.” Smart cards are “what you have.” We decided to ask “how you do you.” Is the ...
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Which one is correct in "How can I ..."? VS "How I can ..."

I have just been edited my post sentence by someone. The original sentence is like "If he right, would please let me know more and exactly how can I suppose to use that?" And edited sentence is like ...
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"Do you know what IS IT?" vs "Do you know what IT IS?" [duplicate]

What is the right way to embed one question inside another? For example: "Do you know what is it?" "Do you know what it is?" Are they both grammatical? If one of them isn't, then why is ...
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Interrogative in relative clauses

I wrote: However, the program needs a feature training file, (feat.trn), which I don't know what it is, and how I can provide it. I know in relative clauses wh-words are used as the absent pronoun ...
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Difference between "What does that matter?" and "Why does that matter?" [closed]

"What does that matter?" Vs "Why does that matter" What is the difference between these two?
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Can I ask "Is not he calling me"? [duplicate]

"Is not he calling me?" "Isn't he calling me?" Why is #1 not correct while #2 is correct? And what about the below: "Is he not calling me?" Does #3 always mean the ...
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In the sentence, "I don't know why, but …", is "why" a noun?

I don't know why, but there's something I don't like about that woman. In this sentence, is "why" a noun? If not, what is it? I can understand the meaning, but I am confused about the use of "why".
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Is it OK to put a "?" after embedded questions?

I was wondering if it's OK to put a question mark after an embedded question? Example sentences are below: I was wondering if he is from California? I'm not sure if that's the right solution?...
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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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"What makes her laugh IS ..." or "What makes her laugh ARE ..." - plural or singular?

Sometimes I get confused by the usage of "what" as a pronoun. Specifically, I am not sure if "what" stands for "the thing that" or for "the things that" or for both. For example, which of the ...
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Do I use 'was' or 'did' as an auxiliary in an interrogative clause?

Which is correct? Was the cheese taste delicious? or Did the cheese taste delicious? I know that we should use 'did' when we want to ask some question in the past simple form, but I'm not sure ...
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"is" vs. "are" and when to use them

I have been debating the usage of these two forms of the word "To Be": Is the number and address valid? Are the number and address valid? Which form of the verb is correct for the sentence?...
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Can I ask 'what your name is?'

Can I ask: 'What your name is?' instead of, 'What is your name?' Is #1 grammatically correct?
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What does "I know who I want to take me home." mean in "Closing Time" song?

I heard a English song named Closing Time and there is a line in the lyrics: I know who I want to take me home. What is the meaning of this? It seems should be like these: I know who I want to ...
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"How long was spent on the job?" - a grammatical parse of its subject

In a grammar discussion, this following example sentence came up: "How long was spent on the job?" Question #1: Would that sentence be acceptable as standard English to you? (AmE? BrE? etc.) ...
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Is an expression like "How long does this letter take to arrive at London" unnatural?

(Excuse for my broken English) I am a Japanese student studying English. The other day, my classmate was asked to translate the below Japanese sentence into English by the teacher: ...
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"Whichever ONE/ONES you choose DO/DOES not matter"

Is it grammatical to say Whichever ones you choose does not matter or do I have to say whichever ones you choose do not matter? Because "it doesn't matter whichever one you choose" is ...
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Do "How was it?" and "What … like?" have different uses?

How...? What...like? According to English Grammar Today (on Cambridge Dictionaries Online), How …? has 3 different meanings: 1)To ask about someone’s general health or 2) about the condition or ...
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Do these two questions mean the same? "Did you not want to gain weight?" and "Didn't you want to gain weight?"

A couple of months ago a friend of mine told me she wanted to gain some weight before her wedding. Yesterday, seemingly looking the same to me, I asked her: Did you not want to gain some weight? ...
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Can we use an interrogative sentence after "but"?

Is it grammatically correct that an interrogative sentence comes after "but"? For example: I don't like this picture but do you like it? I don't know the way to the place but do you know that? I don'...
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Why do you ask? Vs Why are you asking?

I have noticed that Present Continuous in questions makes the question somewhat unwanted, as if the speaker isn't too happy about the question. Am I right? I found this toy in your room, can I have ...
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Who vs Whom. Which one is appropriate? [duplicate]

Who will you voting for in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014? Whom will you voting for in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014? Which one is correct, and why? Please explain in detail.
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Interrogative very detailed

First of all when you search how to form a question, in english in every grammar site it is written: subject verb inversion and wh forms and possible do forms. WH forms are listed as interrogative ...
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May this seem like a complete sentence or maybe complete interrogative(?), no subject intransitive verb bit, or main clause? [duplicate]

"But what about Sir Isaac Newton, who some contend was autistic?” I may not get this. I may get here and there complete sentences may not contain subject verb object. I think they got to contain ...
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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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When to use did in a question?

I have a dilemma. I know how to use this, but I'm trying to explain it to someone and I can't find a logical explanation. So here it is: Who called last night? Who did you call last night?...
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"which soldier is me!” or “which soldier I am!”

I can’t accurately tell what is the subtlety of the use of “which” in this sentence: “But even my own parents won't be able to tell which soldier is me!” If "which" is considered as a ...
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What matters most is your safety

(a) What other people think and say about us matters, a lot. (NYT) (b) What matters most is your safety. (Merriam-Webster’s Learners’ 4.d) (a) seems to have a fused relative, equivalent to “The ...
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Is 'where' interpreted once or twice in 'Where do you think he went afterwards?'?

Where do you think he went afterwards? (The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith) CGEL's anaylis: Where (i) [do you think [he went __(i) afterwards?]] (* (i) -> co-indexed) The sequence of ...
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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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A photo of a WHAT on its cover

Is this question grammatically correct? Published in 1936, the first issue of Life magazine had a Margaret Bourke-White photo of a what on its cover? Can words like "the", "a", or a number be ...
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Who do you think is the richest man?

In some old Toefl test, there is a question like this: ______in this town? I think Mr. Kim is the richest man.  A. Who do you think is the richest man B. Who you think is the richest ...
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"Who is speaking with each other?" Is this correct?

When who and what are used to ask for the subject of a clause, they most often have singular verbs, even if the question expects a plural answer. Practical English Usage, Michael Swan, Third edition, ...
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Should I say: "Where do you live" or "where do you live in"?

What is the acceptable way of the two following sentence? (because I heard the both): "Where do you live" or "where do you live in"?
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"Why do you not give" Vs "Why do not you give"

Are they, both sentences, grammatically and semantically acceptable? Why do you not give him your flesh and your bones? Why do not you give him your flesh and your bones?
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"Guys did anyone of you have found my pencil box today in our class?" [closed]

"Guys did anyone of you have found my pencil box today in our class?" Is that example grammatical?
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The role of "IS" in "What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life?"

What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? The sentence above, I'm not really familar with this specific construction, especially with the position of is. I guess that ...
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Can a sentence be the subject?

"Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party will be decided by the teacher." I am not sure whether the sentence "Which students in the class are allowed to go to the party" can be ...
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the pronoun "it" in questions

What is (it) meant by saying "It's all Greek to me"? Why is (it) necessary to behave well? I am not able to decide whether in both sentences we must use "it" as the subject. May be it is a trivial ...
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"if it works" and "does it work" phrase differences

I recently was corrected in this SO answer. I am just curious if there are any differences between the following phrasings, and whether there is a difference in meaning or one phrasing simply sounds ...
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Does this past perfect tense imply regret?

Harry was remembering his trip to Diagon Alley - how could he have been so stupid? It was on the corner of the street that he noticed the first sign of something peculiar - a cat reading a map. For a ...
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