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    confused over a sentence order

    Is it possible to write this way in a title or headline: "what when you're sad?" or "What when you're getting bored?" or it will always have to be "What to do when you're sad?" and "What to do when you're getting bored?"

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    Re: confused over a sentence order

    Is it possible to write this way in a title or headline: "what when you're sad?" or "What when you're getting bored?"
    No

    "What to do when you're sad?" and "What to do when you're getting bored?"
    I would remove the question marks as these aren't questions.

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    Re: confused over a sentence order

    Quote Originally Posted by keya mukherji View Post
    Is it possible to write this way in a title or headline: "what when you're sad?" or "What when you're getting bored?" or it will always have to be "What to do when you're sad?" and "What to do when you're getting bored?"
    No, you can't write that. "What to do when you're sad." is OK as a headline though, as you seem to realise, it's not a sentence. It shouldn't have a question mark at the end, because, as a headline, it means "[This is] what to do when you're sad." It's not a valid question.

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    Re: confused over a sentence order

    thanks

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    Re: confused over a sentence order

    Keya, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Please note that a better title would have been 'What to do when you're sad'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


    Thank you.

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