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    Subject or object?

    Hello............................

    my question is:

    What is the time?
    what time is it?

    What is the colour of.....?
    what colour is ............?

    can you explain it?
    which on is the correct? If both why?what is the deference?

    Thank you,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :wink:

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    Re: Subject or object?

    Quote Originally Posted by ESL-lover
    Hello. My question is:

    What is the time?
    What time is it?

    What is the colour of...?
    What colour is...?

    Can you explain it? Which one is correct? If both, why? What is the difference?
    It is 4:00.
    It is what time? WH-Replacement
    What time it is? WH-Movement
    What time is it? Subject-Verb Inversion (Question formation)

    4:00 is the time.
    What is the time? WH-Replacement

    The color of money is green.
    The color of money is what? WH-Replacement
    What the color of money is? WH-Movement
    What is the color of money? Subject-Verb Inversion

    Money is green.
    Money is what color? WH-Replacement
    What color money is? WH-Movement
    What color is money? Subject-Verb Inversion

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    Re: Subject or object?

    English often has more than one way of saying the same thing. "What is the time?" and "What time is it?" ask the same question and either would probably get the same answer. Both are correct, but the second one is, I think, used more often. The same applies to your other examples. Both are correct.

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    We also have other ways of asking it:

    Have you got the (correct) time on you?


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    Another one

    Here's another one!

    What's the time, please?

    Mind your ps and qs!

    More time expressions here! 8)

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    Re: Another one

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynne Hand
    Here's another one!

    What's the time, please?

    Mind your ps and qs!

    More time expressions here! 8)
    I do apologise for my manners. ;-(

    Here's another one

    What time do you make it?

    I see less need for please here as it's checking time to synchronise or something, rather than a request.

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