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Did he really say "What's your weight?"? [intonation]

Did he really say "What's your weight?"? What an impolite question! What intonation should I use at the end of the first sentence? The first sentence is not a wh-question while "What's ...
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How does the sentence 'Who did Tom say saw him?' work?

I understand the meaning but not the sentence formation/syntax. In my mother tongue this would make no sense. I would rather say: Who according to Tom saw him? Perhaps the following will help to ...
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Which is correct {What does make/What makes} the water rise at night?

I'm still confused on how can I use "do/does/did" in wh question. Which one is correct? What does make the water rise at night? What makes the water rise at night?"
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Question format but not a question

Is the following sentence correct? New Zealand takes the same position on many of those issues, so, is Jacinda worried it'll hurt our relationship with the superpower. That's what I am hearing on 1:...
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How to use "what does x mean?" structure with long noun phrases?

If I want to make a sentence like that: "What does a cat mean?", It's easy. But how can I make a question with long noun phrases? My sample phrase: "a type of cat with long-haired ears&...
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What is the difference between the word "where" in these two questions?

1-Where is Andrew? 2-Do you know where Andrew is? I think in the first statement it's (wh word and) object and second one might acting like preposition. I am wondering why auxiliary verb and the name &...
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the meaning of "how" in "How do you know?"

thefreedictionary.com: (1) How do you know? I couldn't find in dictionaries the meaning of "how" that (1) would be appropriate for. The standard meaning of "how" is "in what ...
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Why isn't there an article before "proportion"? [duplicate]

Why isn't there an article before " proportion" in the following sentence? What proportion of people who are HIV-positive go on to develop AIDS?
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What are the questions starting with "How long" that correspond to "I have three weeks to learn English" & "I have to learn English for three weeks"?

What will be the questions that start with "How long..." for these two following sentences? I have three weeks to learn English. I have to learn English for three weeks. The only question ...
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Why does "by whom" come first in a passive voice sentence?

Why does "by whom" come first in a passive voice sentence? active:- who broke this cup? passive:- by whom was this cup broken? In active voice who is subject and this cup is object then ...
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replacement of "how" with "the way"

wordreference.com: (1) He had a clear vision of how he hoped the company would develop. — correct (2) He had a clear vision how he hoped the company would develop. — correct As far as I know, if a ...
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When can we say "the reason why" and "the reason for which" and when only "the reason"? [duplicate]

I'm curious to find out when we can say "the reason why" and "the reason for which" and when only "the reason". Could you explain it to me please? I found some examples: ...
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This is how/what he likes his soup – hot and spicy [closed]

wordreference.com: (1a) This is how he likes his soup – hot and spicy. It's said there (1a) is correct. But if I didn't know it, I would think it's incorrect, because when I met "how" it ...
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word order in the question "How many people take part in this event"

I know that questions starting with who don't need auxiliaries. But what about the question How many people take part in this event?. It's not a WHO-question, why don't we use there DO?
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Is [go where] in "The bus goes where most off-campus students live now." an abbreviation of usage?

I read this sentence. "The bus goes where most off-campus students live now." Is it the same as "The bus goes (to some place) where most off-campus students live now"? or &...
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"Which one" usage for people

Can I use "Which one?" for people like we use it for things. See the following conversation. A: I want to talk to your daughter. B: Which one? The fat one or the thin one? I googled it ...
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Is it correct to say "When is the video?"?

The video is of 2020. Can I make question of above sentence in this manner: When was the video? Or When was? Or When is this video? I found the first line here. Similarly, if my friend tells me some ...
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How do you like to be managed?

I would like to know the meaning of this question, "How do you like to be managed?" is it regarding: requesting an opinion about how you feel about being managed: if you like or not be ...
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Meaning of "There is no reason why something should not be done?"

I'm not clear the real meaning of "There is no reason why something should not be done" Does it mean that "it is not allowed to get something done in any circumstance." or Does ...
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"Do you know how many books are on the shelf?" "Do you know how many books there are on the shelf?"

Usually, positions of subject and verb would be changed, such as the following case. How many books are there on the shelf? Do you know how many books there are on the shelf? There 1 By Collins.com ...
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"For what purpose is a knife a tool?" or "For what purpose is a tool a knife?"

I tried to rephrase a sentence. A knife is a tool fo cutting. But in a form of question... And the expected answer is "It is for cutting". Is it allowed to ask a question like that? such ...
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Is the sentence "How many we had this morning" correct?

Let's say I had an exact number of tasks at the beginning of a day, and I forgot in the evening how many I had when the work day had started. What is the correct or more casual way to phrase that ...
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Asking Wh- Questions [closed]

I have to write Wh- Questions based on the given sentences. E.g. Q: You want to know where the post office is. A: Where's the post office? Consider the following question: Q: Find out when your exam ...
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using auxiliary verb to form question after question word: be vs do

In the three example questions below, I couldn't determine which is the correct verb to use to form a question after question word. The answer to the question is " the section falls under the HR ...
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Is it one word or two? how do you formulate questions with Or (is question word required?)

I am not sure about the grammar rules of formulating questions. It is very tricky with so many ways to ask questions. I learned that YES/NO questions do not need question words. Now I tried to ...
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what to happen vs. what to say [closed]

Is "I don't know what to happen" natural on a par with the other sentences? I don't know what to do. I don't know what I should do. ? I don't know what to happen. I don't know what ...
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What is on the table vs. What are on the table

I am a native speaker teaching English. I ran into a sentence that sounded odd to me. What are on the table? Grammarly says it should change to is however, if I modify the sentence slightly by ...
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Questions with would

I'm practicing the use of would and I have a problem with one exercise, I have to put these words in order: would, be, the problem, what and a question mark (?). And now I don't know how to put them. ...
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How long does the walking take? (Is this structure possible?)

We can make a question sentence like below: How long does it take to walk? How long does it take you to walk? But can we ask as: How long + does + NOUN FORM OF A VERB AS SUBJECT + take? (How long ...
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How can we know the aim of question tag(where,who) if we don't use preposition?

I want to create 6 wh-questions(3 of them with where, 3 of them with who), but I have some serious confusions. In Turkish, You can easily create sentences like below, but in English, I couldn't set up ...
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one of which vs. one of whom

a. We had seven employees one of whom could speak French fluently. b. We had seven employees one of which could speak French fluently. Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct? I think (a)...
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Are question words like "what" plural or singular?

Are question words like "what" plural or singular? What are you going to do in college? Is the "what" asking about one thing only or multiple things? or both are possible? Where ...
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On the use of do/does/did in WH-questions

Working on the book: Raymond Murphy. "English Grammar in Use - Fifth Edition" (p. 109) Chapter 49: Questions 1 But do not use do/does/did if who/what etc. is the subject of the sentence. ...
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Subject/Object , Wh clause (noun clause)

S1: The plumber is Ben. S2: Ben is the plumber. As here, The above two sentences are equivalent. So when we create wh- clause (noun clause) Which one is right I don’t know [who is Ben]. I don’t know [...
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Different sentences similiar to "what ... about"

The context is from Forbes on youtube. Around at 06:24 How To Ace Your Job Interview Over Zoom | Forbes A sentence: You need to know what you want them to understand about you. what does this ...
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What should we talk about America as for?

If I hear someone say "As for the economy, we should talk about America", can I ask "What should we talk about America as for?" ? I'm curious if we can ask these sorts of questions....
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"what" or "which" when no prior range is given

Which of the following sentences are natural? If the context didn't name a range of hotels, would it be okay to use "which"? Location is one of the factors I would consider when deciding on ...
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Can these questions be answered with these answers?

I am trying to reach the question form by going through its standard sentence form. In my native language, Turkish, The question form of I'm talking about the money that is for your education = I'm ...
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What does "On what subject did you conduct studies?" exactly ask about?

I know that a question can directly be related to a verb. However, can it refer to a noun rather than the verb? For example; On what subject did you conduct studies? I think that this question can ...
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I wonder how you'd feel watching the longest continuous play recorded?

My first question: Is sentence 2 a more formal expression while senteance 1 is an informal expression because the word about is dropped? Could we say the sentence 1 has the same meaning as the ...
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What determines what can be pied-piped and what not in wh-movement? [closed]

A wh-expression without wh-movement, where the wh-word is the object of the preposition “about”: You are talking about what? A sentence that has undergone wh-movement: What are you talking about? ⸺...
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George became a writer of detective stories. (What / Which) did George become a writer of?

In the declarative sentence: George became a writer of detective stories. We changed it to interrogative sentence: (What / Which) did George become a writer of? Should I use What or Which?
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Which is the correct answer to "who is…?": "He is…" or "It is…"?

I'd like to know how to begin the answer to the following question. Who is the actor that played an action hero in Speed, a cyber-criminal in The Matrix, a killing machine in John Wick, and who’s now ...
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Why isn't an article used in which/what sentences such as "what flavor would you like"?

Why aren't articles used in which or what questions? (For example: "What flavor would you like?") Can I say "what a flavor would you like?"?
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Wh-question about the future

So I have a question in my book: When will the meeting take place? Can I say the following instead? When is the meeting? We are talking about timetable kind of thing, aren't we?
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"What' and 'which' difference

Which one of the following sentence is grammatical? 1- What footballer has scored the most number of goals? 2- Which footballer has scored the most number of goals?
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who makes a lot of noise

A says: Our neighbors make a lot of noise. B asks: Who make a lot of noise? Your neighbors above you or the ones below? Is B's sentence correct in this context or should it be 'who makes'? ============...
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Is it correct to say, "Where did you throw the ball?"?

Is it correct to say, "Where did you throw the ball?"? I thought it was a very simple question to ask, but as I ran several Google searches (including ngram searches), just for precaution, I ...
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What are ways to ask a question about a direct object in English?

In the sentence: "They help poor families", how do we make a question which the answer is "poor families"? Back in school they taught us that we should use "do" while ...
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When can I use infinitive "be" after WH question words?

I watched 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' yesterday, and I've heard some phrases which include 'be' after question words in the bare infinitive form. For example: "Where ...
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