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    Question auxiliary verbs

    dear all,

    Can someone please explain what's the difference between question sentences with a omitted/ untransposed auxiliary verb and one with ordinary words' order?
    Do they imply the same meaning? Is there any rule of usage?

    1.Is it well with you?
    2.It is well with you?
    3. You know about this?
    4. Do you know about this?

    thanks in advance,
    I would also appreciate pointing out and correction any mistake in the post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demann View Post
    dear all,

    Can someone please explain what's the difference between question sentences with a omitted/ untransposed auxiliary verb and one with ordinary words' order?
    Do they imply the same meaning? Is there any rule of usage?

    1.Is it well with you?
    2.It is well with you?
    3. You know about this?
    4. Do you know about this?

    thanks in advance,
    I would also appreciate pointing out and correction any mistake in the post
    In written English the only correct and natural sentence is #4.

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    Default Re: auxiliary verbs

    I agree, but in spoken English, we commmonly ask a question by making a statement with a rising intonation, usually when we expect a positive answer?

    Tom is doing well at college?
    You knew about this?
    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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    Default Re: auxiliary verbs

    I agree with the responses given by both bhai and Barb,

    However, neither of these is natural English, in my opinion:

    1. Is it well with you?
    2. It is well with you?


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    Default Re: auxiliary verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree with the responses given by both bhai and Barb,

    However, neither of these is natural English, in my opinion:

    1. Is it well with you?
    2. It is well with you?



    Actually this phrase is taken out of Jack London's ""The Law of Life." :) As an option, it might be some indian accent of the character. Right?

    ...His mind traveled into the past until his son's voice brought him back. "It is well with you?" his son asked. And the old man answered, "It is well."...

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