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Asking the position of a person in a sequence

How to ask the position(?) of a president (like 10th) of a country, correctly?
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Do I have to use “do” in any “wh-” question?

What did you say? What you said? What did you wear? What you wore? Where did you go? Where you go? I know that sometimes in English, people do not use “do” in “wh-” questions. I have heard ...
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Why {are you / you are} making noise?

I always get confused between these two sentences: Why are you making noise? Why you are making noise? Could anyone put light in the differences between the two?
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Why do my “How to” questions often get renamed to “How do I”?

On the other hand the edit that fix mistype in "How to" got though community approval. What is the rule about "How to" and "How do I"? Why are some tutorials called "How to"s?
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did + present tense (or ) Past tense of the verb [duplicate]

What did you say? What you said. How did you and mum guess I wanted Agnes? how you and Mum guessed I wanted Agnes What is the meaning of above two sentences? When should I use "did + ...
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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 ...
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How to make an embedded question from “What time is it?”

If the original question is "What time is it?" and I want to communicate it to another person, are these Embedded Questions OK? I don't know what time is it. or I didn't know what ...
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How to answer a negative question in English?

Q: "Don't you know?" If I really don't know, how should I respond to this question? Yes or No? There's a similar question on EL&U, but the answer isn't clear how it works: A confusion about ...
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'declarative' questions and 'interrogative' questions (When to use which?)

Declarative questions: 'Boss' and 'Manager' can be used interchangeably? She is going there tomorrow? AND Interrogative questions: Can 'Boss' and 'Manager' be used interchangeably? ...
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Use “does” in front of another verb in a question?

What time does sound good to you? What time sounds good to you? Is there a difference?
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English grammar “wh”-question forms [closed]

How can I change this sentences to wh question form please The change was for 5$.(how much) The car is across the street from the house.(where)
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Auxilliary “do” with the subject in questions

According to English grammar I can't use the auxiliary verb do in questions if who / what /etc. stands for the subject: – "What happened last night?" (What did happen last night?) But what if I'm ...
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“Why had you to” or “why did you have to”

I was solving a test on modals and there was the following line: What was the problem? Why _ leave early? The proposed fill-in combinations were: had you to did you have to must you you had to ...
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What is the difference between “why are you worried” and “why you are worried”? [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences? Why are you worried? Why you are worried? Which one is correct?
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Alternative ways of saying “…, right?”

What are some alternative ways of confirming a point, situation, etc. apart from saying “…, right?” at the end of a sentence to make it a question? (e.g. You are going tomorrow on the 11:30 flight, ...
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When to use Does and Is while starting the Interrogative sentence?

I am confused which is the correct sentence Does your company works on php? Is your company works on php? Do your company works on php?
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anyone vs someone. Which one?

Has someone seen my bag? Has anyone seen my bag? Which one is grammatically correct? Why? Please explain. Which one should I use at this place? Can you give some more examples?
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Statements used as questions in casual speech

I see people say statement as question while speaking by raising their voice at the of it to mean it's a question. For example consider followings. You want to stay here? ==> Is used to mean "...
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“How good do you think it is?” or “How good do you think is it?” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Leaning towards first one but I am unsure because a more basic version would be "How good is it?"
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A Complete Interrogative Sentence, Grammatically Proper, Like a Complete Declarative Sentence?

From what I’ve read, and got, here, a complete declarative sentence requests a verb, and arguments. Does a complete interrogative request this, to get thought of as grammatically proper, too? She (...
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When to use “is” vs. “does” when asking a question?

When do I use is or does when I ask a question? For example, Is your item still for sale? Does your item still for sale? I am not sure which one to use.
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How do I use the auxiliary “do” in questions?

Consider these two sentences: Who left the door open? and Who do you want to speak to? In the first question auxiliary do cannot normally be used, but in the latter question it can. Why is ...
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what (color hair vs. hair color) do you have?

My hair color is black, and the question should be what is your hair color? or what hair color do you have?. However, it turns out surprisingly to me that the question with do is: what color hair do ...
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I have “a doubt” about whether this phrase is acceptable English

To my (British) ear, it never sounds correct to say you have a doubt about something. I expect that doubt to be pluralised, even if there's only one specific thing that I'm doubtful of, in one ...
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Position of 'not' in a negative interrogative?

Source: Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company [1892], judgement of Lindley LJ But there is another view. Does not the person who acts upon this advertisement and accepts the offer ♦ put himself to ...
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Use of “From where” and “Where from”

I'm a little confused about which of the following sentence is correct. If both of them are correct, then when to use each of these? From where have you done your Bachelors? Where have you ...
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Questions with declarative forms have the same meaning as their interrogative counterparts or not?

“So you can do what with it?” (The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, p.118) And the focus of your research right now, Charles, is what? (Woman’s Hour, Mon, 28 Apr 14, 14'18") Can above questions,...
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Question and a sentence in the same sentence

We were also innocent people, but who helped us? What is wrong with the above sentence? Can't I put a question and a sentence in the same sentence. My grammar checking software throws following error:...
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Use of “Have” in questions “Do you have” or “Have you”

I've seen it on TV that a guy asking another man, "have you a map?" If I were him, I would probably say, "do you have a map?" I would like to know what grammatical rules it followed in this case.
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“Where will you go” vs. “Where you will go”

Which sentence is correct between these? Where will you go? Where you will go?
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Is using “someone” in a question correct?

When reading about someone on the OALD, I saw the following note: The difference between someone and anyone is the same as the difference between some and any. Look at the notes there. The note ...
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How could it had happened vs How could it have happened

What is the difference between How could it had happened and How could it have happened It would be better if anyone can show its usage in some kind of situation.
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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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`Is there any way… ` or `Are there any ways…`, which is correct?

I'm a self-learning programmer and every time I use Stack Overflow to post a question, on which I want to get whatever answers to achieve what I intend, I use both of these two statements: Is there ...
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“How come” vs. “How come that”

I'm a English learner who studies syntax. I often refer to English corpus such as COCA to learn natural uses of English. Then, I found some sentences involving "how come", followed by "that" and a ...
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“How much time” versus “how long”

Scenario: You're calling the taxi to come pick you up. The taxi driver says he can come pick you up soon. You: How long will it take you to get here? Taxi driver: It'll take me about about 20 ...
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What vs. Which - correct usage in questions

Today I found myself in a situation that I asked "Which class" to a friend who said that "we are going to the class". Then one of my friends said that I should ask "what class" and another one said ...
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Grammar of titles - wh-clause vs. question

I found an article with the title: Why We Listen to Music This seem somewhat incomplete to me, because "why we do something" is usually used as the subject of dependent clause like "This is why we ...
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Help explaining “Where am I?” vs “…where I am”

I would like to explain to a non-native girlfriend that it's correct to say "Where am I?" on its own as a question, but if you want to say "Can you guess where I am?" or "Do you know where I am?" or "...
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(How many years) have you been married?/studying English?

Grammar books set rules for ELL when they want to ask questions to use present perfect form for counting, and present perfect progressive for periods of time. Now what if you want to ask about a ...
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Should I use is or are

Studying and living in a foreign country is/are challenging for the students. Is or Are?
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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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The difference between Laughed and Laughing in my sentence

I have two phrases but I can't understand what's the difference between them. I will make you laughing. and I will make you laughed.
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Should I use “after” or “until” when saying when a place will be closed?

What should I write? What time does it [a restaurant] close? Not after/until midnight. You have plenty of time. Should I use after or until in the first sentence of the reply? Here's the ...
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Is “You alright?” (without “are”) acceptable?

I'm having a hard time figuring out which is the correct form of asking this kind of question. I mean speaking strictly, this doesn't sound right: You alright? or You eaten anything? compared to Are ...
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“Why didn't he make the decision?” versus “Why hasn't he made the decision?”

Which auxiliary verb should I put in a question like this and why? Why didn't he make the decision? Why hasn't he made the decision?
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Question format using did

Is there any meaning difference in below questions? a) Which movie you saw yesterday? b) Which movie did you see yesterday?
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“Why didn't you buy some [or any] cheese?”

As I know some is used for positive sentences and any for negative as well as question forms. But what about negative questions? Why didn't you buy any cheese? or Why didn't you buy some ...
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How do I understand Subject-Verb inversion?

I know Subject-Verb inversion is the format to form a question. When we start a question with 'What', What it means? -improper What does it mean? -proper But then, if we start the question with ...
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Are there tools or techniques to stop translating literally?

My girlfriend speaks English as her third language, but not yet fluently. Her vocabulary is quite extensive, especially due to the fact that she reads a lot (fiction and non-fiction) and regularly ...