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    Default "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    Is this sentence, "What did you type with?" correct in English? The expectation answers would be by computer, handphone, etc. Thank you for the explanation.

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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    I'd say yes. Many teachers would prefer 'With what...?'

    I'm not entirely comfortable with the verb. If I wanted to know about the technology they used, I think I'd ask 'What did you write it on?'

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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    What on earth is a "handphone"?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    Good question - I assumed an approximate meaning ('smartphone' perhaps?) Possible contributing factors to the mistake: German Handy and our own 'handset'. But I should have pointed out that it wasn't a word.

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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;
    If someone asked what did I type with I would answer with my fingers

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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;
    If someone asked what did I type with I would answer with my fingers
    That's a perfectly good answer!

    "What did you type it on?" would be a better question to lead to "On a typewriter/computer/mobile phone".
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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's a perfectly good answer!

    "What did you type it on?" would be a better question to lead to "On a typewriter/computer/mobile phone".
    Maybe, but "A4, bond" would be a suitable answer. There really isn't enough context in the question.
    "What machine did you type it on" is unambiguous, I think.

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    Default Re: "What did you type with?" or "What did you write with?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Maybe, but "A4, bond" would be a suitable answer. There really isn't enough context in the question.
    "What machine did you type it on" is unambiguous, I think.
    True. Another answer to "What did you write/type it on?" is "On my lap/table". We're not making this any simpler, are we?
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