Questions tagged [questions]

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Does this question make sense? - How is German being home for you?

I met this lady who was born in Asia but said Germany is her home. So I asked: "How is Germany being home for you?" I was curious why Germany is home for her. I think there is something wrong with ...
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How to ask for ordinal date?

Let's say my friend's just arrived in New York 4 days ago. I could ask him "How many days have you been in New York?", and he would answer me something like "4 days." But if I want him to answer me, "...
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Questions in declarative word order for a question which is directly answered

I recently had a discussion with a native speaker who said Why I don't like oranges? Because... would be ungrammatical. They point out that it should be Why don't I like oranges? instead. I ...
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Is there a polite way to ask about one's ethnicity? [on hold]

Suppose I'm talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some "Asian roots" (either they immigrated to the US at early age or their parents were immigrants). Is there a polite way ...
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Does part of a sentence starting with “For why else” need question mark?

Death must be an evil — and the gods agree; for why else would they live for ever ? Source: Sappho (c. 600 B.C.). Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, ed. Edgar Lobel and Denys Page. Oxford: Clarendon ...
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Getting to your seat on airplanes (or elsewhere)

On airplanes, there are seats A(window)-B(middle)-C(isle) on one of the sides. Suppose someone is sitting on seat C and I need to get to seat B. What are the most natural ways to ask the person from ...
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Making question

I'd like to know the difference between Why don't you do it? Why do you not do it?" Could you please let me know the differences?
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What is the correct verb to go to a university

I'm currently writing a motivation letter for a certain English class and I want to say that I'm looking forward to graduating and going to an English-speaking university. Is that the correct term to ...
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What is the best way to ask someone if they want a ride?

What is the best way to ask this? Do you wanna a ride? Do you want a ride? Do you need a ride?
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Usage of “Would it be” vs “Will it be” vs “Is it”

Would it be ok if I look at the sun wearing sunglasses? Is it ok if I look at the sun wearing sunglasses? Which one is correct?
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Can you use ‘is it’ in question form?

Is the following sentence acceptable? Is it any way possible to change this? I know that “Is there” is the popular way to say this, but is “Is it” incorrect?
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Indirect/direct objects with the verb “give”: “give to you” vs. “give you”

If we start with this sentence: The girl gave me the information I wanted. Then which is the right question to ask about that situation: What did the girl give you? or What did the girl ...
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Use of Simple Tense for future action

Person 1: Could help me with that file. I am unable to find it in my Inbox? Person 2: Ok Sir don't worry I send you that file again. Is above answer suggest future course of action or question ...
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How to make a question about a range?

There is a snippet of a text below where the number of speakers of different languages is not mentioned distinctly. It's just stated as "from very large" to "very small". I'd like to make a question ...
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“Could you…?” vs. “Were you able to…?”

I understand the difference in use between 'could' and 'was/were able to' to refer to a specific achievement. I was able to attend the meeting yesterday. He actually attended the meeting. I ...
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when to use reach

I have a question about the usage of the word 'reach' in the past tense. Which one is the correct question to ask my friend to make sure he reached there before me, while I was still travelling ...
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Can we give answer in perfect tense when question was asked in simple tense?

Can we give answer in perfect tense when question was asked in simple tense? E.g.1. a) Where did you go this holiday? Ans: We went to my India this holiday. I am not sure about below conversation. ...
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Grammar- wh-questions

"Who among the following singers is from China?" I would like to know in the aforementioned question, should the noun "singers" be included or should it be rephrased to "Which of the following ...
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“Whose…is” vs “Whose is”

Whose painting is this? Whose is this painting? Is the second question grammatical? Do both questions focus on the same part of speech?
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Can “connected” be used to ask about one's relation with another one?

I have found many expressions with connected that describe two people relationship, but it is often (if not always) indicate the souls' connection. Expressions like: What is the meaning of two ...
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Why don't we use did in this case?

Can someone explain the use of "did" when used with a question. Why do we say 'Who invented the bicyle' and not 'who did invent the bicycle?' I know it is incorrect with "did" - but why?
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“What has gotten in her mind?” to inquire about a sudden change of thoughts

For example, if X was crying because of Y's harsh words to her, but suddenly, and while Y was standing in front of X, X stopped crying and started staring at Y calmly but intensely. Then, Y would ...
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Past Simple vs Past Perfect

A: I was too angry. And cold. I had been waiting outside the cinema for three-quarters of an hour. B: But why? _____________________ (you/not/get) my text? A: What text? B: The text I sent you ...
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Confuse about questions structure

I came across a sentence bellow At what time does the next plane to London leave? And I couldn't distinguish the difference from this statement At what time does the next plane leave to London?...
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Indirect Question: “How different they are” vs. “How they are different”

Which sentence is correct? How different they are or How they are different I think both are right because one is intended as the meaning of "degree" and the other as the meaning of "way". ...
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who does he think he is

Tom thinks you love him. a. Who does he think he is that I should love him? b. Who does he think he is that I would love him? c. Who does he think he is for me to love him? Are sentences (a), (b) ...
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what has he done

John thinks you hate him. a. What has he done for me to hate him? b. What has he done for me to hate him for? c. What has he done that I should hate him? d. What has he done that I should hate him ...
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Informal question construction: “Anyone know what…”, “Everyone finished?”

I've encountered this slight problem with an informal sentence: Anyone know what a serrated knife is? I thought the sentence was incorrect - there's no ·s for the third person singular. However, ...
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What other good C++ books are there?

I've started reading a book about C++ written by [some author]. The book is very good. What other good C++ books are there? Does the selected question sound natural? Do native speakers say that way?
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Question at the end of a sentence

During a conversation in chat I wanted to say Your current version of the project is not bad. The question is how good you want it to be. And then I thought: Is it right to use the question ...
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Ask correctly about something in the future : “Will candidates get accommodation ?”

I always find difficulties in asking properly in English. Can you help me to correct the following : Will the selected candidates for both fellowships get accommodation and/or any financial ...
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“Questions”, Construction with “do” and “be”

I always tend to use constructions like in the examples below. Where I'm mixing "do" and "be" by way similar to that when the "do" and "have" are used together. (e.g. Does it have?). Why it is wrong? ...
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Embedded questions

I have been knowing that word order remains unchanged for a subjective question. For instance: "Who are you?" The above is an interrogative sentence. According to the rule the embedded question ...
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what is the format of writing two Questions after a colon?

I have the following: The project answered two very important questions: How does Ontario's mineral tax rate compare with those of other provinces and territories? And, what are the reasons, if any,...
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“Do you know why did he make that decision ?” vs. “Do you know why he made that decision ?”

Is there any connotation difference between these two questions : "Do you know why did he make that decision ?" and : "Do you know why he made that decision ?" ?
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Which of the phrases sounds natural?

Could you please tell me whether the question is grammatical? Which of the phrases sound natural? Don't we need to use auxiliary verb do/does here to form a question?
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The use of the verb thank in the progressive form

Can I use the verb "to thank" in the present continuous (progressive) form such as in "Are you thanking me...? ( I am a nonnative speaker of English)
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When is “did” needed in questions using simple past?

Who did find my keys? is wrong "Who found my keys?" is right while: Which film did you see yesterday evening? is right. Why did she phone you yesterday? is right. Those are question I ...
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Forget Something?

Why is the title Forget Something? and not Forgot Something? I believe that it may come from Did you forget something? but this (the title as in the picture) does not sound right on its own. I would ...
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How do I write a single letter in a sentence?

Example: Did you notice how the letter R is pronounced in American English? Do I write like the example above, or do I need to italicize it?
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“Does it change anything” or “Is it changes anything”?

Which sentence is correct? Does it change anything? or Is it changes anything? How would native speaker say something like this?
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“Have questions”, how to use the correct sentence to feedback “Have they finished painting the office yet?”

How to response Q&A Question sentence : Have they finished painting the office yet? Answers: 1. Yes, they finished yesterday. 2. No, he's still painting the ...
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What structures are sometimes used in your country? -> What +sth + verb question format

What structures are sometimes used in your country? or What are structures sometimes used in your country? What tax issues arise in your jurisdiction? or What do tax issues arise in your ...
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From a question to a noun clause

How to change this question “What does it do?” Into a noun clause? Which one is correct? - what it does. - what it do. ( with an explanation, if it’s possible) Thakn you
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“For what” vs “what…for”

For what did I pay you 500 dollars more? What did I pay you 500 dollars more for? Are both of these questions grammatical?
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“What is it?” vs “What is this?”

When entertaining a young child who is learning English, I heard some people asking her What is it? when pointing to her finger. I was surprised because I always learned to ask What is this? ...
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Question: Is it having been sent

Can I use "Is it having been sent" for question? I know I can ask "is it sent", that's why, I thought that I can put "having been sent" instead of "sent". Is it correct?
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Is “You saw whom?” grammatical?

There are three sentences cited from the website http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/object.htm: You saw whom? You gave whom the book? You wrote about whom? I am wondering whether ...
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Two past-tense verbs in one sentence [duplicate]

Which one did you bought? or Which one did you buy? Is it okay to have two past-tense verbs in one sentence?
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Should I use “in weekdays” or “on weekdays”?

In my school my teacher do a test for all the class. I have 9.8 in the test because I put in weekdays. She said: Mariana, we use on weekdays... What is the correct sentence?