I have two problem and I hope that somebody can solve them.
1) using a/an before occupations
We use articles a/an in senteces:
She works as a teachers
I am a doctor
But I have found some sentences where a/an is not used as in
I am applying for the post of secretary
She is applying for the position of team leader
can you tell me why there is no article before secretary and team leader?
2) If you have a question
How many people arrived? or How many students have showed up ?\
you do not make questions using auxiliary verb ( did). If this the same type question as Who you saw?, it means that the subject in the question is missing and you will find in in an answer.
And what is"people" then in how many people. Is it just a part of question word ?
thanks for help
Re: help wanted
For your information the is also an article. To learn the complete use of articles go to the following link.
Originally Posted by dzemulienka
Secondly, what, which, how many and mow much also become subjects of the sentence. In this case we don't use an auxiliary verb like other positive sentence. The only difference between these two are with other subjects a sentence is positive having the positive sense or meaning but with what, which, how many and mow much the sentence is still positive but has an interrogative sense or meaning and therefore has a question mark at the end.
E.g. How many people arrived? = Ten people arrived. (No auxiliary verb needed)
What makes you laugh? = Ali makes you laugh. (No auxiliary verb needed)
Hope this helps.
Last edited by Dawood Usmani; 16-Nov-2007 at 05:43.
Re: help wanted
Hi dawoodusmani. I have a question. Is it not correct to add auxilliary verb to an interrogative sentence. "How many people have arrived". Is this wrong?
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