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  1. ARMION
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    Confusion

    Hi!...

    Which of the two sentences is correct?

    1. Is John standing near the blackboard or IS JANE?

    2. Is John standing near the blackboard or JANE IS?

    Thanks...

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    Re: Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by ARMION
    Hi!...

    Which of the two sentences is correct?

    1. Is John standing near the blackboard or IS JANE?

    2. Is John standing near the blackboard or JANE IS?

    Thanks...

    Both sound fine to me.

    1. Is John standing near the blackboard or IS JANE? ( = shortened for Is Jane standing near the blackboard?)

    2. Is John standing near the blackboard or JANE IS? ( again, shortened for "Jane is standing near the blackboard").

  3. ARMION
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    I Guess, one of them is incorrect

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARMION
    I Guess, one of them is incorrect
    #1 is very grammatical and 100% correct - a typical question tag inversion takes place while #2 is less formal, not grammatical but nevertheless used.

  5. ARMION
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    Re: Confusion

    thanks :)

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    Re: Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by ARMION
    Hi!...

    Which of the two sentences is correct?

    1. Is John standing near the blackboard or IS JANE?

    2. Is John standing near the blackboard or JANE IS?

    Thanks...
    "or" is a conjunction, and conjunctions join two like units:

    is John or is Jane

    Moreover, "Is John" is an example of question formation, whereas "JANE IS" is a statement. The two should be the same if they're joined by "or".

    The correct form should be:

    Is John standing near the blackboard or is Jane (standing near the blackboard)?

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