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Both can be fine. While the first focuses more on the objective description of the weather, and the second focuses more on someone's subjective opinion of the weather, the answer can go either way, depending on how the listener chooses to interpret the question. Examples: James: What's the weather out there? Phil: It's miserable. James: No, I ...


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Who can be either an interrogative pronoun ("Who is that?") or a relative pronoun ("The man who sells fruit"). Neither interrogative pronouns (question words) nor relative pronouns (which/that/who and variations) are bound to grammatical number by themselves. The plurality is instead bound to the object in question. Examples: "Who is that man?" - singular ...


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They're both perfectly natural. Arguably some people might think the what version is more appropriate when the speaker is specifically interested in knowing what the weather actually is (or perhaps will be, later in the day). Conversely, the how version might be more likely if what the speaker wants to know is how the addressee feels about the weather. ...


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The version John understands how charming she is. is about how much charm she has. The version John understands how she is charming. is about what makes her charming or why they call her charming.


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The initial preposition at in such contexts is entirely optional, but it usually wouldn't be included (although in reality we usually use when rather than [at] what time anyway :). OP's specific example happens to include a "location-based" clause based on at [the swimming pool], but it might be worth looking at two slightly different contexts... 1a: ...


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This is a very simple example of subject–auxiliary inversion, and it is required in most interrogative sentences in English. The subject and the auxiliary verb appear in the reverse of the order in which they would appear in a declarative. Consider the following declarative version of your interrogative: YouSUBJECT doAUXILIARY notNEGATIVE give him your ...


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The other two answers are both correct, even though they are slightly different. Why? Because "He noticed how she is charming" is ambiguous. It can either mean: He noticed that she is charming (Tᴚoɯɐuo's interpretation) or He noticed in what way she is charming (Alex_ander's interpretation) With no other context clues (like the text going on to ...


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I agree with both the other answers about the relative usage of the two forms you've mentioned. I will add one more possibility: Often when I'm deciding what to wear for the day I'll ask my spouse to look at his phone and tell me what his weather app says. In that case, I'll usually use some variation on What is the weather supposed to be today? What ...


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A beginning guide to questions like the one below: Security protocols have flaws: Which security protocols do these protocols have? Have is the declarative verb. All questions with have need the do or does as auxiliary: Question: do, does x have. Very basic. Does x have y? Do X's have y's? You can't make a question in English with the verb have ...


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how she is charming refers to the fact of her being charming. how charming she is refers to the degree of her charm. He noticed how the ladder was wobbly. He noticed how wobbly the ladder was. The first refers to the fact that the ladder is wobbly. The second refers to the degree of the ladder's wobble.


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You're confusing prepositions and "prepositional verbs". Multi-word verbs are verbs which consist of a verb and one or two particles or prepositions (e.g. up, over, in, down). There are three types of multi-word verbs: phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs. Sometimes, the name ‘phrasal verb’ is used to refer to all three ...


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You only use "which" when you present a choice of answers. For example, if you presented someone with an apple, a banana, and an orange, you might ask "which would you like?" As yours is an open question, you should use "what". A more formal construction of the question would be: Of what did George become a writer?


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It really makes no difference to the meaning of the question which of the two you use, in today's common usage. Using 'which' sounds slightly more proper to me. I imagine that if the Queen of England were asking the question, that's how she would ask it. Needless to say, most of us don't speak like the Queen. If you want to sound more natural you would ...


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Which websites (do) report unbiased news about Iran? Which websites (do) people read in Iran? Here's a test to decide if you need an auxiliary verb to make a particular question. Write out a full answer to your question using "XYZ" to represent the missing information: XYZ websites report unbiased news about Iran. People read XYZ websites in Iran. ...


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There are two possibilities for 'Who' as an interrogative pronoun: it can ask about the subject or the object of the sentence. Asking about the subject: Use third-person (singular) form of verb after 'who' even if you know the answer must be plural. Who has a pen today? Who is outside now? According to Michael Swan "Practical English usage, Oxford ...


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Let's look at them without the "there": How many people are in your family? How many apples are in the fridge? These are completely fine. Technically, you would answer "How many are there?" with "There are X number of things", and you would answer "How many are?" (which is incomplete by the way, you need something like "in your family" or "in the ...


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You are right that your examples are wrong. Interrogatives usually require the modal "do" except in highly stylized or obsolete usages. Does she have to get up early? Does she have to get up early or not? She has to get up early, doesn't she? When does she have to get up?


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When asking questions about who does something, it's usual to use the third person singular form of the verb - so "who goes there" or "who does go there". You would usually use the simple form unless you are wanting a contrast. "Oh, I don't go there." "Well, who does go there?" There's a contrast here between the unknown person or people who go there, ...


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As user070221 notes, both sentences are commonly used in American English. In some formal speech and writing, "At what time" is more acceptable than "When" or "What time", especially when "a precise point in time" is being requested. I am an American who grew up in a town with many native speakers of Spanish. To my ear, both examples in the original post ...


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It's perfectly acceptable to use "Why can..." though it's more common to hear "Why can't..." Often "Why can" is used in comparisons, whether explicit or implicit. Explicit: "Why can my sister reach the top shelf, but I can't?" "Why can a cheetah run faster than a leopard?" Implicit: "Why can some people wiggle their ears?" (implied: but others can'...


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I'm afraid none of these is very idiomatic. We could say "Where did you draw it?" for the first three (it being the picture). For (2) we could also say "Where were you when you drew it?" For (3), "Where is that a picture of?" or "Where is the scene/view in the picture?" (4) "Who did you draw it for?" (5) Who ...


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Only the first sentence is correct English: Iran is supporting the Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians... but what makes these countries terrorists? The reason why only the first sentence is correct and the other two are wrong has to do with the fact that for makes to work (which is the third-person singular form of the verb to make) it needs a subject and ...


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As an English man I have just come across this phrase in a foreign school teaching children English. I have to admit I have never heard anyone say or use the phrase, "What is the weather today ?". In England we would say, "What is the weather like today?" or " What is the weather forecast for today?". I hope that helps.


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To me "What is the weather today?" is a very unnatural sentence. At least in my recent memory, I've never heard a native English speaker say that. As others have mentioned, the what version conveys a more scientific tone, while the how version conveys a subjective tone. As a result, I think you would be more likely to use what to discuss forecasts and how ...


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Not in Standard English. Main clause interrogatives like this require subject-auxiliary inversion: "Where did you bring all these vegetables from?" Note that the plain verb-form "bring" is required after the auxiliary verb "did". (answer transcribed from comment)


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I think the meaning is He was lying, a thing even you must condemn. But, what (a thing) even you must condemn, he was lying. Presumably you're willing to accept hypocrisy or a degree of shady dealing, but outright lies go too far even for you. Compare: But, what they did not know, I had the combination to the safe all along. I hear this pattern ...


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Both the sentences are correct and mean the same thing. what time is just a shorter form of at what time


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It does sound odd. Slightly better would be For how long have you not eaten oranges? But simpler and better would be When did you last eat oranges? Your question is about the past, and the time when you ate oranges. The answer could still use the present perfect. "I haven't eaten them since last year". The question about homework is the same. If ...


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The question is grammatically correct but is unusual. I think using "haven't" makes this sound like a negative question, which can be confusing, because it is actually a Wh-question (how long?) Since the answer you are actually looking for is a straightforward point in (or period of) time, there may be other, simpler ways to ask the question: How long ...


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Most interrogative words (including "the 5 'W's") can be used as a statement, for example: "That is how I got my name" "That is why I don't shop there anymore" "This is where I went to school" "I know a man who does that" Some of your examples would be okay in context, although others are not quite grammatically correct. I've corrected them or put them ...


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