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"I was waiting at the airport when who should come along but Mr Pettigrew!" — What does this mean? What if we replace "who" with "someone"?

a sentence from the section "More examples" from cambridge.org: (1) I was waiting at the airport when who should come along but Mr Pettigrew! What does "when who should come along but ...
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"Will patrons kindly note that this restaurant will be closed on 17 July." — Why is it possible to use inversion here without a question mark?

cambridge.org: (1) Will patrons kindly note that this restaurant will be closed on 17 July. There is no question mark but the word order is inverted. How to explain the presence of inversion here? ...
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She does not speak English. How did you communicate with her? - rhetorical question

Example 1 She does not speak English. How did you communicate with her? Example 2 She does not speak English. How could you have communicated with her? What I am trying to say is that it was ...
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This is too much mess. How am I going to fix it? - is this a rhetorical question?

‎(1) This is too much mess. How am I going to fix it? (2) This is too dirty. How can I clean it? Basically I am trying to say there is no way I can fix or clean it. Are the rhetorical questions ...
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Is it rhetorical question?

Are the following two sentences beginning with 'Did' and 'Did not' questions? What types of question are they? Is first one 'rhetorical question' and second 'affirmative question'? Second ond doesn't ...
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Is this a rhetorical question?

Did you see what I did there? Is this a rhetorical question? I think yes and no depending on the context like for example He shot the ball right into the basket and exclaimed, "Did you see what ...
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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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Is there any difference between "who is to do something" and "who is going to do something" in rhetorical questions?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between who is to do something and who is going to do something in rhetorical questions? For example: Who is to look after my plants when ...
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<Rhetorical question & the meaning of how> how am I EVER gonna get better at this?

I have seen a sentence below. No matter how hard I try, I suck at Japanese. I mean, how am I EVER gonna get better at this? My first question - In this sentence, what is an actual meaning of "...
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Who will help me against Allah if I drove them away?

Who will help me against Allah if I drove them away? This rhetorical question is a translation of an Arabic / Quranic text that performs denial where a prophet denies that his people will protect him ...
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How should I use the word, “mean” in a question when regarding about the past?

I’m writing an essay about how I thought I was as a kid and I’m starting off with a particular question, but I’m stuck in what tense the word, “mean” should be in. Should the sentence be... “Did I ...
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Can "Is that so" be used without question mark?

While reading Maruyama Kugane's "Overlord" English translation, I encountered "Is that so." in dialogues many times. Literally like this, without question mark. For example: -- There are many ...
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Why are negatives often used in rhetorical questions?

Examples Do you not think? Do you think? Is this not delicious? Is it delicious? In every case, the questions are synonymous.
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Asking questions to emphasize a fact

In these contexts, I don't know how to ask a question to emphasize a fact. What tense or modal verb should I use( instead of ---marks)? 1)He is the son of a millionaire. He doesn't have to work. Why ...
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"Could anyone have expected that..." vs. "could anyone expect that..."

Having spent a couple of weeks in a hopeless attempt to translate the poem (could anyone have expected that it would hide such a subtle subtext?), I gave up. Can we use "could" instead of "could ...
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What sort of relative clauses can follow "who knows" (as a rhetorical question) when it's not used as a separate sentence?

I think I've seen someone used "who knows" not in a separate sentence. Let me first explain what I'm not looking for: Someday our little Donald might become our president. Who knows? This is a ...
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What the sentence "What Baby Boomer doesn’t remember..." mean?

Excerpted from neh.gov: To skip ahead a few centuries, the Fourdrinier papermaking machine and other industrial-age innovations helped democratize books and periodicals by making their ...
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what does this phrase "What he wouldn't give now for" mean?

What does this sentence mean (from HarryPotter)? What wouldn’t he give now for a message from Hogwarts? I don't know the grammar of this sentence. Why use "give" rather than "receive"? Can ...
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Is "Why shoud not we do sth." grammatically correct? [duplicate]

When I talk about something,I will tell people not to do something and why,so,should I use Why should not we do sth. or Why we should not do sht. Which one is grammatically correct?
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Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else

"Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else...". What does this quote mean? I think it has the meaning like this: "Nobody remembers the guy who gave up". Is it accurate?
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What is the difference between “How do I know?” and “How would I know?”

I am unable to understand the meaning and correct usage of the above two sentences. Can anyone please explain their differences in meaning and usage?
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