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    Question Differ

    Hello there,
    what are the differences between those two sentences?

    1.What time does your class start?

    2.What time is your class start?


    Thank You,

    Warmest Regards,


    -kahhong

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    Default Re: Differ

    I thing Sr. No. 1 is right. Use Do/Does in present tense when talking about object, when one asks question.

    QUOTE=kahhong]Hello there,
    what are the differences between those two sentences?
    1.What time does your class start?
    2.What time is your class start?
    Thank You,
    Warmest Regards,
    -kahhong[/QUOTE]

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    Default Re: Differ

    Rajan's right- 1) is correct.

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    Exclamation Re: Differ

    Okie.. is it because of class is repeated action, that why i should use "do/does" to ask that question?

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    To me, the second one doesn't make any sense. i think the first one is the only correct one

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    Default Re: Differ

    Hi all,

    Can't We ask "At what time is your class starting?".

    Bye

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    Exclamation Re: Differ

    Yea, good question!

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    Default Re: Differ

    Use "do/does" when the verb is not a form of TO BE. For example,

    [1] The class starts at what time?
    => The verb is "starts". It's not a form of TO BE, so use "do/does" here,

    [2] What time does the class start?

    Don't use a form of TO BE,

    [3] What time *is the class start?

    Use a form of TO BE only if there isn't a verb, like this,

    [4] What time is the class starting?
    => Note, "starting" isn't a verb. It's a participle: it participates in the present continuous verb form BE + ing.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: Differ

    Maybe "class start" was used as phrase in the second sentence. What do you think? Does it make sense now?

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    Default Re: Differ

    Yes, it would make sense if "class-start" were a noun phrase, but it's not.

    EX: What time is your appointment? <noun;grammatical>
    EX: What time is your *class-start? <noun?;ungrammatical>

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