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what can each of us do

a. What can all of us do? Is this sentence ambiguous? First meaning: What can we all do together? Second meaning: What can every one of us do? ================================== b. What can each of us ...
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“She does?”, “she has?” etc as rhetorical questions

I have many native English friends I talk with and I have noticed one thing among them: they use question tags (not quite question tag but more of a rhetorical question) in a different way. For ...
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How to use preposition “like” in a question?

Which one is correct: What was the weather like in Toronto?" or "What was the weather in Toronto like?"
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“Is for every proverb there an opposite one?” Does that question sound natural?

I want to make a question from the proverb "For every proverb there is an opposite one". Here are some attempts and why they don't work: "Is for every proverb there an opposite one?&...
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How to answer “Do you have nothing to do?” correctly [duplicate]

If I have nothing to do, should I say "yes" or "no"? I'm confused because both "Yes, I do have nothing to do" and "No, I don't have anything to do" have the ...
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Word order and auxiliary verbs in questions (present simple tense)

I'm using an app to learn/practice English and I had a task to translate a question into English. My answer was: May I know why exactly does he think so? But the app said that it was incorrect and ...
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Can I use “nor” in questions?

I do some exercises about using nor but all of them are statements. I was wondering whether it's ok to use it with questions as well? Let's say there's this sentence (I came up with): I can't sing ...
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Which one is correct? “what item ARE YOU looking for?” or “what item YOU ARE looking for?” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? What item are you looking for? or What item you are looking for? In British English if it's important.
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How to ask a time interval elapsed since a certain point time?

Consider there are 100 bacteria at 12:00. Each bacterium divides into 2 every 10 minutes, for example. The process of dividing into 2 is called binary fission. The first binary fission occurs 10 ...
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Use of preposition in in question a sentence

Which of the following sentences are correct regarding to know the preference about car. What is your preference to car? OR What is your preference on car? Please let me know the meaning of both ...
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What message is conveyed by “He asks if he is allowed to …”

I want to know whether the following phrase makes sense The letter is about asking permission for eating during the class time. I asked a native speaker and he answered yes, it is easy to understand,...
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Non countable nouns with indefinite articles

The word "Weather" is considered a non-countable noun, and there is a grammar rule that tells you not to use indefinite articles in front of non-countable nouns, but instead quantifiers such ...
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What verbs should be used after “there is” and “there are”?

Somebody told me these are incorrect in grammar usage: There are few people join our party. There are a few cookies to share you. Please anyone tell me which parts are incorrect and what kind of ...
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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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Should “…what are they doing” be rewritten into a declarative sentence like “…what they are doing”?

Try to underline the key information about what they are doing. Try to underline the key information about what are they doing? OK,we know that the sentence "what are they doing ?" is a ...
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What is the difference between “one is to do” and “one should do”?

When we frame questions, what is the correct format? "What one is to do when they are locked out?" or "What one should do when they are locked out?" I have come across both ...
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Which is correct “your” or “their” when combining questions?

What is one to do when they are locked out and therefore unable to access the Slack support channel, or have to email sysadmin from an address other than your work one? I came across the above ...
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Is “cleaning man” the natural term?

He's our cleaning man. Is "cleaning man" the natural term? What else is used? Cleaner? Can "janitor" be used about someone who cleans an office building?
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“What you've been doing?” and “What have you been doing?” Are they both the correct way to ask?

Can I ask someone: "What you've been doing?" with proper intonation? Will it be considered ok the same as "What have you been doing?"?
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Applying adjective/adverb to nouns/verbs in a conjunction sentence

Take this simple sentence for example: I like dogs and cats. Which means I like dogs and I like cats. Simple. What if I add an adjective "big" before the word "dogs"?: I like big ...
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Is it correct and natural to say “what chance do you give to…”?

Could you tell me if it's correct and natural to say what chance do you give to... meaning what do you think is the chance of something happening? For example: Person A: What chance do you give to ...
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How am I supposed to form the sentence given below? Can someone help me with it?

Why my new year has to go exactly opposite to what I have planned? Why does my new year have to go exactly opposite to what I have planned? Which is the correct sentence?
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Simple “Yes” or “No” answers to “Is there no …?” questions. What do the answers really mean?

My new job requires me to deal with regulatory document and checklists containing "Is there no ......?" questions with Yes/No answer sections, and I wonder how to read what the Yes/No really ...
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Is “What are you?” question only about work?

Can I use this question to ask nationality, for example?
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“Who am glad? ” or “Who is glad? ” question select?

I am glad. What question of mentioned above to this sentence is correct? I want to ask about subject.
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Mohamed Salah plays for liverpool. To ask a question, do we write “Where does he play for?” or “Who does he play for?”

Mohamed Salah plays for Liverpool. If I want to ask a question, is it correct to say: Where does he play for? Or Who does he play for?
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What to do in such a situation

I know that phrases like "How to do something" are NOT questions. For example, it's incorrect to ask: How to say "Hello" in Chinese? Let's consider the phrase: What to do in ...
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Should we use singular or plural after questions asking “Which among the following …”?

Should I use singular or plural after a question starting with Which among the following? For example, should it be version #1 or version #2 below? Which among the following statements are ...? ...
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Where lies true happiness? - is this correct?

The context is ... money does not really hold the key to a happy life. So where lies true happiness? Do I need an auxiliary verb here, or is there a rule that would explain the non-usage of ...
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Which one is grammatically correct and why

When did you quit smoking? Or When have you quit smoking?
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An office worker

A: So you work for that company. Are you some kind of hotshot business man? B: Me? No, I'm just an office worker. Is "office worker" almost only used to refer to people who work in a small ...
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How to ask about the subject and objects in the following sentence?

I made up a sentence: "She feeds the shark fishes." How to ask about the subject, the 1st object and the 2nd object? Maybe: Who feeds the shark fishes? Who does she feed fishes? What does ...
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Is this sentence a question or a statement?

What political journalist, what party whip, would not want to know the makeup of the WhatsApp groups in which Theresa May's enemies are currently plotting? If this sentence is a question, then I don'...
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how much or how often

Using how much with an action I need to see how much you act upon this thing. Is this a correct sentence? I think 'how much' is used for "quantity", not for frequency. Like we can say: ...
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What does the question imply?

What does Ron's question sound like it implies? A or B? “Wait, you were busy and were going to reply?” A: "Wait, you were going to reply after all? I thought you for sure missed my message” B: &...
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“How many maximum… ” or “What is the maximum…”

I just came across a chemistry question in class which says: "How many maximum spectral lines are possible if the electron belongs to the 4th shell?" I wonder if the question is ...
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Can something break under your weight whether you stand on it or hang under it?

Can something break under your weight whether you stand on it or hang under it? Does this example make sense: The man tried to hang himself, but apparently the beam he had tied the rope around broke ...
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How do I ask different questions which have a word “contribute” properly?

The difficulty is there is a word 'to' between the verb and a noun. A. The three sons also contribute to the family business. When the answer is expected to be the three sons, what are correct ...
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How much time - how long

Are both sentences correct? Do both share the same meaning? How do native speakers say about it? (1) How much time does it take to get from Shanghai to New York City? (2) How long does it take to get ...
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Will I see you before the evening/night?

Is it right to say that to the person I live with or there are other expressions in this case? Will I see you before the evening? Will I see you before the night?
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How to use “How to” and “What to”?

Is "how to" in these context(questions) correct? How to go to {somewhere}? How do you/I go {somewhere}? How to get {something}? How do you/I get {something}? And what about "what ...
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How to ask a people whether he/she is wondering about something?

I want something stronger than just: Do you want to have a look at our new room? Something like Are you very much wondering to have a look at our new room? Are you very eager to have a look at our new ...
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Grammar: How many does it costs?

How many does it costs? or how many does it cost? Are they both correct? Thanks
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Which of these two sentences is right and why?

I have some problems with making sentences. For example, I don't know which one of the following sentences is right. What devil's action had you done? What devil's action you had done? this period ...
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What prepositions to use in a sentence with “Know where I stand…” [duplicate]

I created a rating chart to be used as a reference in my reviews. In the chart's description, I want to say "This rating chart is for the readers to know where I stand ____ the video game." ...
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Is it natural to say “around when” in questions to ask for an approximate time that somethimg will happen?

Is it natural to say around when in questions to ask for an approximate time that somethimg will happen? For example: Person A: Around when do you think you'll call? Person B: I'll call around 5PM. ...
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Forming indirect questions

How would you explain why there is no definite article before the noun "language"? Examples to compare the pattern with: Do you know what the capital of Peru is? Do you know what the ...
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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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Which one is the right question “You liked it?” or “Did you like it?”

Which one is the right question "You liked it?" or "Did you like it?" For me both look right, but I am not sure.
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Why is “did be” grammatically incorrect?

What’s wrong with this sentence? Where did you be yesterday? These sorts of sentences have been bothering me for some time. Can someone explain to me why I cannot say sentences like one in the ...

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