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When using “until”, is the time mentioned inclusive or exclusive? [duplicate]

Examples: "I'm going to study until 8PM" Is he going to stop studying at 8PM sharp or 8:01PM? "I'm not going to study until 8PM" Is he going to start studying at 8PM sharp or 8:01PM? "I'm working ...
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Is the question “people from what other countries are you in touch with?” grammatically correct?

Is the question people from what other countries are you in touch with? grammatically correct? For example: You said you talk to people from a lot of different countries except Brazil. People from ...
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Struct of alternative questions

I hope, I will be understood cause I'm beginner in English. My old (former) teacher of English told me that when I wanna construct an alternative questions with the negative form of the verb that I ...
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“in three days” VS “For three days”

Can anyone please explain the difference between these two sentences 1) I've not slept in three days. 2) I've not slept for three days. I hear people using the both sentences. I'm just curious if ...
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What is the meaning of “Not much something than yours”?

For example, if a guy tells another that "My hair is not much spikier than yours". Does it mean: Both their hairs are about the same spikiness The first guy's hair is little less spikier I know the ...
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Which form of the verb “come” is correct? [duplicate]

"Does creativity comes with insanity?" OR "Does creativity come with insanity?" Which of the above sentence is grammatically correct and why? What effect does using the word “Does” causes on ...
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“Had I gone to Paris” - Is this right or wrong?

"Had I gone-?" Is this a correct sentence? If not, what's the right way to express this question? Is it possibly : Had I been to, instead? Or is this arrangement just incorrect? The question is ...
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Question using “Must”

Can I form a question using this format: Must + sub. + to + inf. My teachers said that I could say "must you to drive a car on the right side in England?" as it refers to a law. Is it right?
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When should we use “Did”

I mean we only use it as an auxiliar in questions or affirmative sentences? Could we use it with any verb in sentences? Example: I did jump yesterday -- I know this example is wrong but why we can'...
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“I guess he thought that was pretty awful” and its various forms

I am learning to make sentences. I find the form of Q&A quite useful. So I think of an answer as to "I guess he thought that was pretty awful". then I come up with different questions below. ...
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“How aware are managers of …” vs “How managers are aware of …?” Any difference in Asking and Replying?

Asking: A1 How aware are managers of employee attitudes and behaviours? A2 How managers are aware of employee attitudes and behaviours? Replying: R1 Managers are very well aware of ...
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asking questions with “or”

How should I ask this correctly? Does he buy it himself or we should also buy one for him? Or Does he buy it himself or should we also buy one for him? Many thanks.
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“The obvious question here is how does …” - Does this sentence require a question mark?

According to the Chicago Manual of Style Guide (17th Ed.) "An indirect question never takes a question mark." (6.69: Direct and indirect questions) "How the two could be reconciled was ...
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Has lifted or is lifted?

Which is correct? Can you imagine the weight that has lifted off of her shoulders? or Can you imagine the weight that is lifted off of her shoulders?
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WHEN or WHAT is the due date for this assignment?

I want to know due date for my assignment which is given by teacher. In this situation, is it correct to say When is the due date for this assignment? or What is the due date for this ...
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How can I construct this form “I'd like to know which book to read its summary”?

The construction I want to form is ...which X to Verb "its" Noun. Specifically this question: "How can I decide which book to read fully and which one to read only its summary?" Is this question ...
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How do you ask the age of a person in a picture?

I am confused between these two sentences : How old are you in this picture? How old were you in this picture? Which one of these is correct or more accurate?
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Why is the first sentence more correct than the other?

Started a English B2 course on this site PerfectlySpoken. Came across these two sentences, which one is correct is the question of the exercise, the teacher said the first one is, but I did not ...
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Why Taylor Swift says “The story of us” but not “The story of ours”?

I have a problem in understanding this type of relation between object and possessive pronouns. Can someone help me with this?
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How is it correct to use the word “being” in “Shouldn't the items have disappeared instead of the writings on them being changed?”?

"Shouldn't the items have disappeared instead of the writings on them being changed? The event in the second part of the sentence happened in the past. How is it correct to use "being"?
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Is “You added me, wasn't it?” grammatically correct?

"You added me, wasn't it?" Is this sentence grammatically correct? Isn't it the same as asking "Wasn't it you that added me?"? It kinda looks weird.
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What is the difference between these questions “Could you tell me how renting this flat works?”or “How does it work to rent this flat”? [closed]

If I want to ask someone how does it work to rent a flat which one of the sentences below Could I use? Could you tell me how renting this flat works? How does it work to rent this flat? If ...
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“don't I need to” at the beginning of a question

is "don't I need to" a correct way of beginning a question? for example: "Don't I need to write it down" was the sentence I had formed but doesn't appear to be smooth. I'm in a confusion regarding ...
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Placment of second interrogative pronoun

How long will you stay and where ? How long and where will you stay ? In which sentence is the placement of where used correctly ? Or both of them are the same ?
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Using 3rd person “s” with relative pronouns

My question is about adding S to the third person in questions starting by WH or any other type of word not only by do or does. for instance, which of the following sentences are correct? Is there ...
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How can, “It still doesn't work” be rephrased as a question?

How could the statement, "It still doesn't work” be converted to a question? I want to ask if something is still out of order or not.
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Use if “there” in a question?

I need to know what kind of stores or entertainment i can find on Broadway. Should I ask: "What is there on Broadway?" or "What is on Broadway?" Can "there" be used in a question?
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How do I ask questions to sentence with few subjects parts of speech?

Example sentence: I worked hard yesterday but she didn't work at all. Where could I place another sentence in a question when I'm asking to a part of speech of another one? Is this question to ...
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How short your payment is?

What is the question for the sentence below? Your payment is ten dollars short. Would it be correct to say; How short is your payment?
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Which is the most common question with “sound”: Do you hear the sound?; What makes the sound?; What is that sound?; What sound is it? What sounds?

Say, you suddenly hear a sound, Which is the most common question to ask?: a) Do you hear the sound? b) What makes the sound? c) What is that sound? d) What sound is it? e) What sounds? ...
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We're here? VS Are we here? [duplicate]

What is the difference between the first and second option? I think 2 option is right and the translator made a mistake. We're here? And Are we here?
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subject question/please help!

Could you please help me! I was told that we don't use inversion when asking about the subject of a sentence. I encountered these two sentences while surfing the internet. Whose book won the prize? ...
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Can I use the perfect participle in a question? And can I use it after “instead of”?

"Shouldn't the objects have disappeared instead of the writings on them having been changed?" Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not then how can you make it grammatically correct? Can I use ...
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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 do we say, “where is the bathroom?” But, when we ask, “could you tell me where the bathroom is?” we end in a verb?

Ex without "could" where is the bathroom? Ex with "could" Could you tell me where the bathroom is? Ex with "could" improper use of "is" Could you tell me where is the bathroom So why do we ...
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Confusion about articles and quantifiers: “a pair of scissors” vs “any scissors” vs “scissors”

Which of the following questions, if any, would work (or you would normally say) when asking a colleague or a class-mate? I am asking them for the purpose of using/borrowing the items if they have ...
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While asking what someone said about the reason for something

CEO told to the boss the reason they lost a lot of money is unpredictable market conditons and when the boss ask again why they lost money would the questions below be correct ? Why did you say we ...
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How to express nuance in a question?

I have a question about nuance. Often a question like "Have you run today"? is used to encourage someone to do something or to express you want them to do something. "Have you been running?" is ...
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“Do” or “Does” schools for the blind in Delhi equip enough assistive products for teaching?

"Do" or "Does" schools for the blind in Delhi equip enough assistive products for teaching? Which one is correct to use either "do" or "does" in the above sentence
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While asking the brand

1)What is the brand of your phone? It is XYZ. 2)What brand does your phone have? I have a phone with the brand XYZ or My phone has the brand XYZ. Which conversation would be ...
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Question for sentence below

We will make a purchase with a payment term of 90 days. It confused me how should I ask question to get this answer. Would it be correct if say sentence below ? With how many days of payment term ...
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How do we use the word “since” with a question of “how many”?

What I want to ask, is if you have a sentence like: He has bought his new car since 2015. What will be the shape of that sentence if we begin it with "How many"? Which of these should it be? ...
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Best type of past for a questionnaire

I'm writing a medical questionnaire in English. My doubt is related to the best type of past that I should use in the questions, I'll write an example and see if some native speaker can explain better....
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Are “How much” and “How many” used in Object Questions, Subject Questions or both?

I came across with a text saying that questions starting with "How much" and "How many" are considered Subject Questions. I understand that in examples like: How many people are in the party? How ...
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Confusion about articles/quantifiers: “a Tesco” VS “any Tesco” VS “Tesco”

Which of these ques­tions, if any, would work when po­litely ask­ing a stranger? If more than one works, what if any dif­fer­ence is there be­tween them? Ex­cuse me, is there a Tesco over there? Ex­...
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The way of asking questions

While asking about measurment ,the way of asking confuses me . Because you have to make a very complicated sentence to ask and it is realy hard to traslate it to english word by word . To what ...
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How to respond to a friend suggestion

One of my colleague has sent me a message. Hi xyz, this is my friend abc and you might become friends... Her parents are from qwe place 🙂 How should I respond to this message in a way saying ...
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Does your institution has or have eye donation center? Or Has your institution eye donation centre? [duplicate]

which one is correct sentence? Does your institution has or have eye donation cente? In this sentence, which one I should use either has or have?
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“Have you got to” vs. “Do you have to”

The sentence is: I have got to wait for the bus. Now if my friend wants to ask me about it, First question is: What would the question be? Have you got to wait for the bus? Do you have ...
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“you are?” vs “are you?” when asking for confirmation

I've just realized, for the nth time, that after someone says ...I'm past it the interlocutor replies You are? I hope I'm right in saying that this is, strictly speaking, wrong, as the ...

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