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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 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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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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"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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"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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be careful that-clause and be careful wh-clause

I'll be more careful what I say in the future. We were very careful that he didn't find out. The that-clause in sentence 2 is a complement of the adjective careful. The wh-clause in sentence 1 seems ...
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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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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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Why is there no definite article before the noun "language"? "Do you know what language is spoken in Mexico?"

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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"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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"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 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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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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"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?