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Does she have or has she got? Which one is correct?

I'm not sure which one is correct. I had read that "does have" is more likely used in American English and "has got" in British English. But which one of these is correct? What kind of hobbies does ...
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Where is the subject of the question “”How many people are in your family?"?

What is the subject of the question? "How many people are in your family?" What is the rule this question was formed with? I mean, as I know, usually, to form a question with verb to be we have such ...
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What is the most natural way to ask this quesion?

• What language do you prefer to speak in? • In what language do you prefer to speak? • What language do you prefer to speak? I want to ask someone what language they prefer to speak at the moment. ...
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Questions with and without auxiliary

Which one is correct way of asking Questions ? When to ask questions without auxiliary? Is asking question without Auxiliary is more formal way of asking questions ? a) Are you Ok? b) You ok ? a) ...
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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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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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It has been in there for ages

Is this sentence correct to use in the following context? "I took out the milk from the fridge. It has been in there for ages." I mean, the milk is no longer in the fridge while the person says ...
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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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Natural way to explain figures

I am trying to write figure captions for a paper and wondering if there is more natural way to explain below. The amount of sweep gas was 0,3, and 6 mL/min. for A,B, and C, respectively. ...
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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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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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Where to place are/is in question sentences?

I can't tell where I need to put the verb are/is in question sentences. For example: Do you know how many feet are in one mile? It sounds completely odd to my ears but I know it's right. I'd ...
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How to ask a question correctly? Whose are these dictionaries?

Whose dictionaries these are? or Whose dictionaries are these? or Whose these dictionaries are? I'm so confused
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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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questions with Past Simple

If I ask a question in Past Simple using the coordinating conjunction and, does the second verb take -ed or not? e.g. Did you muster up the courage and propose? or Did you muster up the courage ...
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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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Ways to answer “How” question

Given: The moon is a satellite of the earth, revolving around the earth once every twenty-nine and a half days. The moon itself rotates very slowly but it does so very slowly. Question: How ...
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Placement of adverb of place

What is the difference of below two sentences? I saw Mr. Ram in the Vegetable Market repairing a Car. In the Vegetable Market, I saw Mr. Ram repairing a Car.
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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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“What language is this?” Or “What is this language?”

What language is this? Or What is this language? Which sentence is grammatically right or are both of them right but just with different meanings?
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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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“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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questions: possible ways of asking what something does

What does your program? What does your program do? What your program does? What is it that your program does? Your program does what? Can anyone help me understand how these questions ...
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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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What are the differences between “Do you think you could” and “Could you”?

Is there a difference in the tone? What is the difference in their meanings?
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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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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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Answering a question within a question

How can I answer a question within a question? Which should be answered first; the former one, or the latter one? For example: Can you tell me, who is PM of India? Answer 1: Yes I can tell you....
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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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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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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 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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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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In a headline should I use “Isn't it time…” or “Is it time…”

I have headline and there is confusion over which is correct. "Is it time to make the jump?" or "Isn't it time to make the jump?"
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Do I need to use an auxiliary verb?

I have a sentence When tourists visit Australia? Now, my question is - do I need to put "do" in it? When do tourists visit Australia? I don't know why, but the first one seems more natural to me. ...
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“There is … on the road” vs “the road has…”

I came across the sentence: there is more traffic on the road Could I build up a sentence like this one below the road has more traffic being sure that the meaning is still the same? If yes,...
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“what+noun” can take modifiers when asking?

can I ask questions in this way? "What food made in that factory made you sick?" "what kind of man-eating animals living in the reality are the most dangerous?" or say:"You should know how terribly ...
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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 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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Why would you do that

Sam: Can I get you something? Austin: Do you know what bugs me? Sam: People taking your order? Austin: No. Taking people’s order. Sam: Why would you do that? Austin: Hah. You ...
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When to use what

It is correct to say What FRIENDS were you hanging out with ? What AMERICAN AUTHOR wrote series of books about a .....? I find t weird to ask these questions but I read it in a book.
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Who do people ignore the word “how” at the beginning of a question? What should I do with it?

Example (https://www.quora.com/How-does-depression-kill-people) : Question: How does depression kills people? Answer: Yes, It effects quality of life very seriously, even up to death, ...
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What is wrong with this question

I have a sentence My wife ate eleven snickers, and I'm trying to ask about the quantity of snickers. I know that the question How many snickers did my wife eat? is correct, but what is wrong with How ...