Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    shikemoku is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    12
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default What is in the basket?

    To the question in the title, how do you answer?

    Do you say , for example "There are some apples." or "Some apples are."
    If either is fine, which is more common?


    Thank you in advance.

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,677
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What is in the basket?

    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    To the question in the title, how do you answer?

    Do you say , for example "There are some apples." or "Some apples are."
    If either is fine, which is more common?


    Thank you in advance.
    The first one is possible. The second one isn't.

  3. #3
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,527
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What is in the basket?

    You could say "Some apples are in the basket" but you can't shorten it to your version. You can just say "Some apples".

    Q: Who is going to the party?
    A: We are.
    (You don't have to say "We are going to the party".)
    You will also hear "Us" as an answer to that question.

    Q: What are the most dangerous animals in the jungle?
    A: Tigers are.
    or
    A: Tigers.

    However, with questions like "What is in ...", you don't use the form of "to be".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  4. #4
    shikemoku is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    12
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: What is in the basket?

    Thank you for giving me the clear explanation.
    I really appreiciate it.

Similar Threads

  1. s for both flower and basket
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Dec-2011, 00:27
  2. toy basket
    By ripley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Nov-2008, 21:43
  3. Floral basket?
    By albertino in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Sep-2007, 19:31
  4. proverbial basket
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2006, 06:03

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •