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Which of these are correct ways to ask what something is?

If I want to know what something is called, for example a book, would I ask it in which of these ways: What book is it? What is this book? What book is this called? What is this book called? Are ...
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Forming indirect questions

How would you explain why there is no definite article before the noun "language"? Examples to compare the pattern with: Do you know what the capital of Peru is? Do you know what the ...
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Why this sentence is correct?

How you love to hate me? This is not a subject question, but why is it correct and we don't say 'How do you love to hate me?' I have same problem with this question: Why she said that?
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How to ask time using present perfect continuous

Today, while teaching one of my students about present perfect continuous one of them asked how to ask time while using present perfect continuous. I want to ask what was the time when he started say ...
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Correct place for a comma in the question: 'How can you determine where the first one is and where the second is?'

A student asked me if it is correct to put a comma here in this question: How can you determine, where the first one is and where the second is? My instinct is that this is grammatically incorrect, ...
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What is the correct syntax for 'when' + 'would' + 'be' questions?

Let's say my boss asked me to do something. So I want to ask him when I should hand it in. What would be grammatically correct? When would be the deadline? When would the deadline be? Thank you.
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Shouldn't I use verb in base form when I use did?

I took an online class at English Live and the teacher told that the correct phrase is "What subject did you taught as a teacher?". Isn't it "What subject did you teach as teacher?"...
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passive with wh- [closed]

when passive is used, it is mandatory to use be verb. Thank you for letting me know.
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“I guess he thought that was pretty awful” and its various forms

I am learning to make sentences. I find the form of Q&A quite useful. So I think of an answer as to "I guess he thought that was pretty awful". then I come up with different questions below. ...
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What's the difference between what I was hoping would happen? vs. What I was hoping that would happen?

The sentence "What I was hoping that would happen?" is possible? If possible, what is the function of that? Is it one of relative pronouns or what? My understanding for "What I was hoping would ...
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Meaning of “Who should I say is calling?” + Grammar structure

I have problems with this sentence. First of all: What does "Who should I say is calling" mean? Does that mean: To whom should I say is calling? Or it means: Should I say who is calling? And ...
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What's the full answer for “When did you last read a book?”

I checked the thread with the similar question, but answers were simple such as two months ago, last week etc. I get the context, just find the structure of a full answer tricky. Is it possible to ...
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Complex WH-questions: grammaticality and long-distance movement

The more I'm reading about syntax, the more I'm starting to doubt my ability to judge the grammaticality of English sentences correctly... so I need some help with that. I'm a non-native speaker of ...
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Does the question “until what time do you work” sound natural?

Tell me please which one of the following questions sound the most natural? Until what time do you work? What time do you work until? What time do you work to?
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Uptalk with question words such as “What”, “Where”, and “How”

In casual spoken English, is it okay to speak English like sentences in bold below? 01 A: Where you are going? B: To the movies. 02 A: What you talked about with your friends ...
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Which one are you after? What are you after?

I have been wondering does this phrase ‘which one you are after’ make sense? If in a restaurant scenario, I want to ask customer which one would you like? Can I say which one you are after instead? ...
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Wh +object or Wh + helping verb

I came across following sentence. Why on earth, has he not com. I think it should be Why has he not come on earth But book says first is also correct. Can anyone tell me logic/rules
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Why is “do” or “does” not used in questions with “which” and “whose”?

I am struggling with subject questions. I understand the lack of do/does and did. I also know that this type of questions is formed only in third person singular, and we need to ask ourselves who or ...
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How do you use a WH-word when is not a question?

I'm trying to find some examples or documentation about this topic. From time to time, I struggle when I have a How, What, When, Where or Why in a normal sentence, since when you write a question ...
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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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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 "...