Questions tagged [wh-questions]

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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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Where am I going with this?

What does "Where am I going with this? " mean in the below paragraph? When can we use it in English? Or how about the song ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’, you know, ‘twinkle, twinkle, little star,...
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(What - How) beautiful the dress is [closed]

I had this question in my English exam and I want to know what is the correct answer
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Why do you need 'that' here?

What did he do that was so wrong? Why don't you say that without 'that'? I asked this somewhere else a few months ago, and got an wonderful answer. I thought that was reasonable enough. The answer ...
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What kinds of music you don't like? or What kinds of music don't you like?

What is more proper to say: What kinds of music you don't like? What kinds of music don't you like? Can you please explain why?
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How long haven't you done your homework?

Is it ok to ask: "How long haven't you eaten oranges?" or "How long haven't you done your homework?" Does it sound strange for native speakers? And the answer like " I haven't eaten oranges ...
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Difference between “which” and “what” as a question word

Some native speakers use what and some which in the following examples: Which/what color is this? Which/what is your favourite book?(without giving any options) In which/what school do you study? In ...
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(Why + can) - Is it a possible structure?

If I said: It can be insecure since it has two possible ways of getting forged. Then, would it be possible to ask the question like this: Why can it be insecure? I find it unnatural and maybe ...
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“What time…?” or “At what time…?” - what is more grammatically correct?

This question may sound silly, but it has been bugging me for years. If I ask a question about a precise point in time, should I say "What time..." or "At what time..."? For example, At what ...
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Who do go there?-VS- Who go there?

Who do go there? The boys in this school go there. Is it correct form of wh-question? When should I use "who does go,,,,,", and when " who do go,,,,,"? Can I ask it(#1) in this way? Who go there? ...
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Given the answer “It's my first time here”, what questions could I ask to receive that answer?

Confused by this question, I find it difficult to ask a question about a number of occasions (about a single occasion, in particular) when there is a specific answer expected. It's my first time in ...
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Difference in meaning using Would + present or simple past

I'm wondering what the difference is between these two phrases. What would happen if aliens visited Earth? What would happen if aliens visit Earth? Am I right in thinking that the first phrase ...
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“Which is the …” or “Which the … is”?

I don't know which is the language. Or I don't know which the language is. Note that this is, of course, a positive sentence and not a question.
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Making 4 types of question [closed]

What the right way to make 4 types of question with "has" in the sentence? My take on this, though it's really wrong I'm pretty sure: She has to get up early. Has she to get up early? Has she to ...
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Wh-clause: what even you must condemn

I saw the following sentence in a dictionary. I'd like to know whether it is correct and what relationship holds between "what even you must condemn" and "he was lying." But, what even you must ...
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How many people are (there) in your family?

I wonder if we need the word there in these questions: How many people are (there) in your family? How many apples are (there) in the fridge? I think that there is like a subject because ...
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Correct Sentence construction for Wh Question

Is the Asking questions in below format is correct? a) Where you brought all these vegetables from?
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how she is charming / how charming she is

What difference, if any, is there between "how charming she is" and "how she is charming" in the following? John understands how she is charming / how charming she is. I'd appreciate your help.
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“the moment [where/when] he has been waiting for”

Which is correct? This is the moment where he has been waiting for or This is the moment when he has been waiting for Can someone please explain
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“At what time” Vs. “What time”

When asking about something that will be later I have two ways to ask it: At what time is the lecture today? At what time you will come tomorrow? or What time is the lecture today? What time ...
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“What is the weather today?” or “How is the weather today?”

If I want to ask about the weather today whether is cold or hot, worm or cloudy or foggy, rainy or snowy etc. What should I choose of these two (or may be there's another way)? "What's the weather ...
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What are you sorry that you couldn't do?

Is it possible to ask about the part after "that" ? What are you sorry that you couldn't do? Where are you happy that you will go? What friend of yours are you happy will come to visit ...
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He 'used to' call me beast -How to make it a question?

A normal sentence: He made a wonderful doll. We shift a verb to ask a question. What did he make? That is because the base verb is 'make' But what about this sentence? He used to call me '...
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After whom are you looking? At what are you looking?

The Cambridge dictionary says: "Prepositional verbs have two parts: a verb and a preposition which cannot be separated from each other." If they cannot be separated, does it mean that we can't ...
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'on what' or 'on which' floor are you?

Our college is a tall building and sometimes friends tell me that they are waiting for me somewhere there. Not always I'm not sure about the floor that he or she is on. So I would like to know how to ...
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Do questions with “which” need auxiliary verbs to make a question?

Which is correct: Which websites do report unbiased news about Iran? or Which websites report unbiased news about Iran?
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What the rule for these questions without any subject at all?

Expressions and sources: Why pretend? (Depeche mode 'Little 15') Why so serious? (Joker 'Dark knight') Why make sense? (Hot Chip 'Why make sense') Who to be? (Whitey 'Who to be?') Why try? (Limp ...
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wh-questions about a subject

Can we use the stem (not the third-person singular) to form wh-questions about the subject? if the answer given is hunters kill animals and were asked to form a question do we say who kill animals? or ...
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Is the auxiliary verb “do” required in WH-questions: “Which security flaws these protocols have?”

In the following question Which security flaws does these protocols have? Is the auxiliary verb "does" necessary? Would the sentence still be grammatically correct if I omitted it, in which case ...
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Need help coming with Wh- questions that shows possession “of the” in answer

I require help or could use some examples of Wh- questions that shows possession to an object in the answer using "of the." I do understand the use "of the" when it comes to possession but I am ...
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How to make questions with “what” in the middle of sentence?

I wrote: Iran is supporting Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians,… but what makes these countries terrorists? Should it be: Iran is supporting Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians,… but what does make ...
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Is it correct to ask “Between who and who does s/he stand?”

Assume that there are three girls standing in line, girl A, girl B and girl C. Obviously, girl B is standing between girl A and girl C. But how do I ask where girl B stands? 1: Between who and who ...
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Asking questions with “where in something”

I wrote: Where in Islam is nationalism condemned? Then I changed it to : Where in Islam is it said that nationalism is condemned? I want to ask about an Islamic source that condemn "...
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“Ever=at any time” in wh-questions

1 [usually with negative or in questions] At any time. ‘nothing ever seemed to ruffle her’ ‘don't you ever regret giving up all that money?’ Source: Oxford Dictionaries Can we use ever in this ...
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should 'do' be used in this type of interrogative sentence below?

Can you tell me how do you/people feel about...? Should auxiliary "do" be used in the sentence ? if shouldn't, then why? is there any general distictive rule to determine it easily. For example, it ...
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What do you think are the causes?

What do you think are the causes? What do you think the causes are? I've heard both are true but the former is more popular. Is this true? and if so, could you tell me the reason? What grammar ...
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“Why do you not give” Vs “Why do not you give”

Are they, both sentences, grammatically and semantically acceptable? Why do you not give him your flesh and your bones? Why do not you give him your flesh and your bones?
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Usage of present perfect with When?, Where? and Who?

SOURCE I'd like to say in my native language we don't have present perfect tense (we use past simple only, no matter if the time is specified, if it's about result etc.), so it's really hard for me ...