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    Question composing

    How to compose correct question with word "can't"?

    Why I can't?
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    Why can't I?

    In my opinion correct answer is 1st, but I am curious and I would like to know correct answer without doubt =)

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    Re: Question composing

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    How to compose correct question with word "can't"?

    Why I can't?
    or
    Why can't I?

    In my opinion correct answer is 1st, but I am curious and I would like to know correct answer without doubt =)

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    Tommy: Can I smoke a cigarette?

    Mother: No, you can't.

    Tommy: Why can't I (smoke a cigarette)?/ Why not? (Why can I not smoke a cigarette?)

    Mother: Because I love you and don't want you to ruin your health.

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    Re: Question composing

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Tommy: Can I smoke a cigarette?

    Mother: No, you can't.

    Tommy: Why can't I (smoke a cigarette)?/ Why not? (Why can I not smoke a cigarette?)

    Mother: Because I love you and don't want you to ruin your health.
    Thanks, but I would like to know which one of my sentence is correct

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    Re: Question composing

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Thanks, but I would like to know which one of my sentence is correct

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    Your second sentence.

    For example: Why can't I go to the movies?

    Your first sentence could be used like this:

    I want to know why I can't go to the movies. (But that is NOT a direct question.)

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    Re: Question composing

    In questions, we usually put the (first) verb first.

    Where are you going?
    When did she arrive?
    Why can't I do that?
    How often do you come here?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Question composing

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In questions, we usually put the (first) verb first.

    Where are you going?
    When did she arrive?
    Why can't I do that?
    How often do you come here?
    I got it

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